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US-Japan Parliamentary Exchange Program

Welcome Reception in Honor of Leaders from the National Diet of Japan
May 2, 2017

JCIE and a coalition of US-Japan groups co-hosted a reception on Capitol Hill during Japan’s Golden Week to welcome 17 visiting Diet members to Washington. The gathering attracted more than 150 leading figures in US-Japan relations, including current and former Congressional members, business leaders, senior government officials, and others. Representative Billy Long (R-MO), Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI), and former Chief Cabinet Secretary Takeo Kawamura, a member of Japan’s House of Representatives, addressed the gathering to affirm the importance of the US-Japan alliance and of maintaining dialogue among parliamentarians.

The reception was organized in cooperation with The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation, the Japan-U.S. Friendship CommissionCULCON (U.S.-Japan Conference on Cultural and Educational Interchange), the U.S.-Japan Council, the US Association of Former Members of Congress Congressional Study Group on Japan, and the Sasakawa USA.






Remarks 
Hon. Billy Long Member, US House of Representatives
Hon. Takeo Kawamura Member, Japan House of Representatives
Hon. Mazie Hirono Member, US Senate

Guests of Honor

Hon. Yukihisa Fujita Member, House of Councillors
Hon. Koichiro Gemba Member, House of Representatives; former Minister of Foreign Affairs
Hon. Iwao Horii Member, House of Councillors
Hon. Kuniko Inoguchi Member, House of Councillors
Hon. Takeo Kawamura Member, House of Representatives; former Chief Cabinet Secretary
Hon. Seiji Maehara Member, House of Representatives; former Minister of Foreign Affairs
Hon. Hiroe Makiyama Member, House of Councillors
Hon. Akihisa Nagashima Member, House of Representatives
Hon. Masaharu Nakagawa Member, House of Representatives; former Minister of Education
Hon. Gen Nakatani Member, House of Representatives; former Minister of Defense
Hon. Yasutoshi Nishimura Member, House of Representatives
Hon. Keitaro Ohno Member, House of Representatives
Hon. Itsunori Onodera Member, House of Representatives; former Minister of Defense
Hon. Takashi Shinohara Member, House of Representatives
Hon. Shunichi Suzuki Member, House of Representatives
Hon. Keizo Takemi Member, House of Councillors
Hon. Naokazu Takemoto Member, House of Representatives