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US-Japan Young Political Leaders 14th Japanese Delegation to the United States (1999)

Washington, D.C./Connecticut/Indiana/Kentucky
July 17-31, 1999

The 1999 delegation traveled to Washington, D.C., Connecticut, Indiana, and Kentucky, where they spoke with public officials, economic policymakers, opinion leaders, and representatives from the nonprofit sector. In Washington, Rep. Earl Pomeroy (D-ND) and Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) briefed the group on US domestic politics and Jack Pritchard, Director of Asian Affairs at the National Security Council (NSC), spoke with them about US-Japan relations. In Connecticut, the participants met with the mayor of Bridgeport to discuss the city's urban revitalization programs. Then, in Indiana, the eight-member delegation received briefings on the state's economic prospects, its ties with Japan, and the workings of state government from the state's lieutenant governor and top officials from the state Democratic and Republican party organizations. The group concluded its trip in Kentucky, where it visited a Toyota automobile plant and met with top state officials from the administrative, legislative, and judicial branches.

Participants List

Norihiko Fukuda Assistant, Rep. Shigefumi Matsuzawa
Yoshihiro Hayasaka Chief, General Affairs Division, Federation of Tokyo Metropolitian Branches of the Liberal Democratic Party
Hisaya Minamitani Deputy Director, Political News Department, Komei Shimbun
Miyako Obata Staff Member, Office of the Secretary-General, Liberal Democratic Party
Shinji Sato Member, Okayama Prefectural Assembly
Rika Tanaka Member, Nagoya City Council, Aichi Prefecture
Kazuyuki Tsujimoto Assistant, Office of Rep. Kiyomi Tsujimoto
Nobuo Tsutsui Member, Nishinomiya City Council, Hyogo Prefecture