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US-Japan Parliamentary Exchange Program

Welcome Reception in Honor of Leaders from the National Diet of Japan
May 2, 2018

A coalition of US-Japan groups headed by JCIE and the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation hosted a reception at the US Capitol to welcome 11 visiting Diet members to Washington. The gathering attracted about 150 leading figures in US-Japan relations, including members of Congress, their staff, government officials, Japan experts and other policy analysts, business leaders, foundation leaders, journalists, and NGO representatives.

Congressman Mark Takano offered welcoming remarks to start the event off, followed by a greeting from Minister of Education Yoshimasa Hayashi and a toast by recently appointed Ambassador Shinsuke Sugiyama.

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






Remarks 
Hon. Mark Takano Member, US House of Representatives
Hon. Yoshimasa Hayashi Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science & Technology; Member, House of Councillors of Japan
Amb. Shinsuke Sugiyama Japanese Ambassador to the United States

Guests of Honor

Hon. Yukihisa Fujita Member, House of Councillors
Hon. Kuniko Inoguchi Member, House of Councillors
Hon. Shinichi Isa Member, House of Representatives
Hon. Shuhei Kishimoto Member, House of Representatives
Hon. Hiroe Makiyama Member, House of Councillors
Hon. Hiroe Makiyama Member, House of Councillors
Hon. Masaharu Nakagawa Member, House of Representatives; former Minister of Education
Hon. Motohiro Ono Member, House of Councillors
Hon. Keisuke Suzuki Member, House of Representatives
Hon. Naokazu Takemoto Member, House of Representatives
Hon. Kozo YamamotoMember, House of Representatives; former Minister of State for Regional Revitalization