Jimmy Carter with Diet members before his
victory in the New Hampshire primary (1976).
A major goal of JCIE activities since 1968 has been the promotion of closer working relations between Japanese political and opinion leaders and their foreign counterparts. In 1968, JCIE established the U.S.-Japan Parliamentary Exchange Program, which is now the oldest bilateral exchange program between members of the U.S. Congress and the Japanese Diet. Since then, JCIE has organized additional political exchange programs between Japan and the United States involving Congressional staff and state and local legislators. In 1991, JCIE expanded the regional scope of its exchange programs, establishing a parliamentary exchange with Australia.
Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld
greets Ichiro Aisawa (center) and
Takuya Tasso (2001).
JCIE also involves political leaders in a wide range of study groups and dialogues. It conducts comparative research projects on the policy-making process and the roles of parliaments. It also encourages Japanese Diet members to participate in intellectual exchange programs that further bilateral relations with Korea, Germany, China, and the United Kingdom, and it frequently organizes study groups and seminars for political leaders on communicable diseases and other key issues.
Established in 1968, this program is the longest running exchange between members of the U.S. Congress and the Japanese Diet. It is designed to enhance dialogue between U.S. and Japanese political leaders on bilateral and global policy issues with the goal of strengthening bilateral cooperation on issues of shared concern.
An annual bilateral exchange program in which young leaders from Japan and the United States take part in an intensive two-week study tour designed to expose them to the politics and policy-making process of the other country and to enhance their understanding of U.S.-Japan relations. This operates as a joint initiative with the American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL).
This one-week program was established in 1982 as a complement to the U.S.-Japan Parliamentary Exchange Program. It is designed to provide senior staff members with an opportunity to conduct frank discussions with Japan policymakers, learn about recent political, economic, and social trends, and gain a better understanding of the Japanese policy-making process.
Reciprocal delegation visits are organized for promising national and local legislators and other political leaders in order to increase understanding, dialogue, and network building between the next generation of leaders in Australia and Japan.