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US-Japan Young Political Leaders 12th Japanese Delegation to the United States (1997)

Washington, D.C./New York/South Carolina/Washington
July 12–25, 1997

The eight-member Japanese delegation visited Washington, D.C., New York, South Carolina, and Washington state from July 12 to 25, 1997. The group spent five days in Washington, D.C., where it received intensive briefings on the media in campaigns, the Federal Election Commission, and the Democratic Party's strategy as the minority party in Congress. In addition, Strom Thurmond (Republican of South Carolina), the eldest sitting US senator, offered his observations to the delegation on changes in the Senate over his 41 years of tenure. The delegation then traveled to South Carolina, visiting the mayors of Charleston and Greenwood. In Seattle and Olympia, Washington, the schedule included meetings with Congressman Jim McDermott (Democrat); Ralph Monroe, state secretary of state; the King County Executive; reporters from Seattle's two major newspapers; and local political consultants.

Participants List

Democratic Party of Japan

Hideki Togasaka Staff Researcher, Policy Research Committee

Kenseikai

Tatsufumi Kazama Member, Nagano Prefectural Assembly

Komei Party

Hiromichi Kawahara Editor-in-Chief, Komei Geppo (Komei Party monthly)

Liberal Democratic Party

Hiroaki Kawano Member, Yonezawa City Council, Yamagata
Keigo Matsuba Senior Staff, Party Ethics Committee
Hiroaki Sakuno Member, Matto City Council, Ishikawa

New Frontier Party

Yoshiki Kanazashi Assistant to Katsuya Okada, Member of the House of Representatives

Social Democratic Party

Ryuji Yagi Staff, Public Relations Department, Party Newspaper and Public Relations Bureau