Deputy Secretary Tony Miller Visits Japan

Anthony Wilder Miller, Deputy Secretary

Friday, May 28

On Thursday morning, Deputy Secretary Tony Miller met with the head of Kyoto Horikawa Super Science High School. Immediately after, he greeted hundreds of excited and lively students in the main hall of the school. Then he toured the school and participated in a roundtable discussion with students on a range of education topics, including how the U.S. and Japanese education systems compare.

After visiting the school, Miller met with Mayor Kadokawa to discuss ways to increase the number of exchange students between the U.S. and Japan.

Thursday, May 27

This morning Deputy Tony Secretary Miller folded several paper cranes before visiting the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. After touring the Museum, he walked through the Peace Park and placed his cranes in front of the children’s memorial, surrounded by tour groups of school children.

Following the visit, Miller met with Hiroshima’s Mayor Akiba to discuss various exchange programs and their individual experiences in both countries.

Finally, Miller participated in a roundtable discussion with students and members of the Japan-America Society of Hiroshima on international education, study abroad, and other exchange opportunities.

Wednesday, May 26

After speaking with the Vice President of Hokkaido University in Sapporo, Japan, Deputy Secretary Tony Miller toured the school’s museum and science labs. He then visited the Institute of Low Temperature Science, where he put on a heavy coat and boots and experienced a science lab at negative 50 degrees celsius!

After warming up, Miller had lunch with college and graduate students from the university to discuss their education experiences.

Later in the day, Miller spoke at Otaru University of Commerce and participated in a discussion about how universities, businesses, and government can partner to improve education. Participants from innovation and business promotion centers, the local government, political parties, press, universities, and high schools talked about the impact of the economy on education, among other things.

Tuesday, May 25

Today Deputy Secretary Tony Miller spoke at a forum organized by the Japanese Ministry of Education (MEXT) regarding Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).

MEXT and ED used the opportunity to exchange ideas and best practices regarding sustainability, as well as to discuss opportunities to work together to improve ESD for the future. Speaking to a full house of educators, researchers, and policymakers, Miller said it is time to think about all aspects of education — from the building of the school to the lesson plans — in a sustainable way.

Monday, May 24

Today Deputy Secretary Tony Miller spoke to a packed house of eager students at Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo, Japan. Almost all students had recently studied abroad or are seriously considering it.

Miller talked about the importance of global exchange. Students asked questions about a range of topics, from education in the U.S. to Miller’s personal experiences studying and living abroad.

Students asked what differences Miller saw between the Japanese and American systems of education. The Japanese education system is more uniform, Miller said, with national standards, for instance. In the U.S. there is more diversity in education. Each state decides its standards.

Students also asked Miller what he would study if he went back to school now. Miller, who has an undergraduate degree in engineering and an MBA, said he would study literature to better round out his education.

Friday, May 21

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education Tony Miller is traveling to Japan to discuss the importance of international education and exchange. His weeklong visit will include stops in Tokyo, Sapporo, Hiroshima and Kyoto.

Miller will participate in a Town Hall meeting at Hitotsubashi University on Monday, May 24. He will also deliver a keynote speech and participate in a panel discussion at the CULCON Forum on Education for Sustainable Development. CULCON is the US-Japan Conference on Cultural and Educational Interchange, a bi-national advisory panel to the US and Japanese governments.