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Welcome Reception in Honor of Leaders from the National Diet of Japan
May 3, 2016

A coalition of US-Japan groups headed by JCIE and the The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation co-hosted a reception at the US Capitol yesterday evening to welcome 10 visiting Diet members to Washington. The gathering attracted about 170 leading figures in US-Japan relations, including senior government officials, former members of Congress, business executives, NGO heads, and others. Among others, the Hon. Tom Petri (former member, House of Representatives, R-WI) and Hon. Kozo Yamamoto (member, House of Representatives of Japan) spoke briefly about the importance of the US-Japan alliance and maintaining dialogue among parliamentarians.


Fittingly, JCIE/USA's James Gannon welcomed the crowd in the Mike Mansfield Room of the US Capitol, with a portrait of the late ambassador to Japan looking on.

Frank Janunuzi, President of the The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation, addressed the gathering.

Hon. Kozo Yamamoto offered brief remarks and a toast.



Hon. Keizo Takemi, Member, House of Councillors (center) speaking with Mr. Peter Kelley, President, National Association of Japan America Societies (right) and another guest.

Rust Deming (left) with Hon. Tom Petri, Former Member, House of Representatives.

Hon. Yukihisa Fujita, Member, House of Councillors (at right) speaks with Henry Nau of George Washington University.

 


The reception was organized in cooperation with the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission - JUSFCCULCON (U.S.-Japan Conference on Cultural and Educational Interchange), the U.S.-Japan Council, the Congressional Study Group on Japan, and the Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA.

Remarks
Hon. Tom PetriFormer Member, US House of Representatives
Hon. Kozo YamamotoMember, Japan House of Representatives
Amb. Rust Deming

Adjunct Professor of Japan Studies,

Johns Hopkins University SAIS;

former US Ambassador to Tunisia


Guests of Honor
Hon. Jiro AichiMember, House of Councillors
Hon. Yukihisa FujitaMember, House of Councillors
Hon. Hitoshi KikawadaParliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs;
Member, House of Representatives
Hon. Hiroe MakiyamaMember, House of Councillors
Hon. Masaharu NakagawaMember, House of Representatives
Hon. Yasutoshi NishimuraMember, House of Representatives
Hon. Keitaro OhnoMember, House of Representatives
Hon. Takashi ShinoharaMember, House of Representatives
Hon. Keizo TakemiMember, House of Councillors
Hon. Kozo YamamotoMember, House of Representatives