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U.S.-Japan Parliamentary Exchange Program

Welcome Reception in Honor of Leaders from the National Diet of Japan
April 30, 2014

On April 30, JCIE co-hosted a reception at the US Capitol in honor of visiting leaders from the Diet together with other organizations that are currently operating or funding US-Japan legislative exchanges. The event was attended by 180 people, including a dozen members of Congress, many of whom are alumni of JCIE's political exchange programs. The reception also welcomed more than 20 Diet members, and a parliamentarian from Korea as the special guests of honor. Six of the guests of honor were traveling with JCIE's 27th Diet Delegation.




Mrs. Heather Foley, wife of the late House Speaker Tom Foley.

Hon. Shigeru Ishiba, member, House of Representatives of Japan; Secretary General, LDP

His Excellency Kenichiro Sasae, Ambassador of Japan to the United States



Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR)

James Gannon, Exec. Director, JCIE/USA and Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI)

Nearly 180 key figures in US-Japan relations convene for the reception




The opening remarks were offered by Mrs. Heather Foley, wife of the late House Speaker Tom Foley, one of the godfathers of JCIE's Parliamentary Exchange Program. Remarks were also offered by two PEP alumni, Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) and Congressman Greg Walden (R-OR). They were followed by Hon. Shigeru Ishiba, Secretary General of the LDP, and Amb. Kenichiro Sasae, who offered a toast. The speakers recalled the critical role that JCIE's late founder, Tadashi Yamamoto, played in the development of US-Japan political exchange and how important it is today to carry on that legacy.

JCIE thanks its co-sponsor, the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation, and the cooperating organizations, Japan-US Friendship Commission, US CULCON, the US-Japan Council, and George Washington University's US–Japan–South Korea Legislative Exchange Program.

Opening Remarks:
Heather Foley

Welcome Remarks:
Hon. Greg WaldenMember, U.S. House of Representatives
Hon. Mazie HironoMember, U.S. Senate

Response:
Hon. Shigeru IshibaMember, House of Representatives of Japan; Secretary General, Liberal Democratic Party
Toast:
His Excellency Kenichiro SasaeAmbassador of Japan to the United States

Guests of Honor
Hon. Kenzo FujisueMember, House of Councillors
Hon. Tatsuo FukudaMember, House of Representatives
Hon. Motohisa FurukawaMember, House of Representatives
Hon. Takuya HiraiMember, House of Representatives
Hon. Kuniko InoguchiMember, House of Councillors
Hon. Shigeru IshibaMember, House of Representatives
Hon. Tatsuya ItoMember, House of Representatives
Hon. Naoki KazamaMember, House of Councillors
Hon. Shuhei KishimotoMember, House of Representatives
Hon. Kenji KosakaMember, House of Councillors
Hon. Masaharu NakagawaMember, House of Councillors
Hon. Yasutoshi NishimuraSenior Vice-Minister of the Cabinet Office of Japan; Member, House of Representatives
Hon. Mitsunari OkamotoMember, House of Representatives
Hon. Keitaro OnoMember, House of Representatives
Hon. Yasuhisa ShiozakiMember, House of Representatives
Hon. Keizo TakemiMember, House of Councillors
Hon. Naokazu TakemotoMember, House of Representatives
Hon. Yuichiro TamakiMember, House of Representatives
Hon. Kiyohiko ToyamaMember, House of Representatives
Hon. Mayuko ToyotaMember, House of Representatives
Hon. Kozo YamamotoMember, House of Representatives
Special Guest
Hon. Soon-ok ChunMember, National Assembly of Korea