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US-Japan Young Political Leaders 16th Japanese Delegation to the United States (2001)

Washington, D.C./Oklahoma/California
April 21–May 5, 2001

The eight-member Japanese delegation visited Washington, D.C., Oklahoma and southern California from April 21-May 5, 2001. In Washington, D.C. they met with members of the House of Representatives, political party staff, and NPO staff. In addition to discussing the foreign relations policy of the new Bush administration and the prospects for the US-Japan relationship, they were briefed on elections in the US and political funding.

Sixteenth Japanese Delegation to the United States

In Oklahoma, the delegation were able to meet with state senators and lobbyists with the assistance of ACYPL alumna Kalyn Free, District Attorney of Pittsburgh and Haskell Counties, and they were briefed on the roles of the federal and state governments. They visited the Chicksaw Nation to learn about Native American culture and the tribal government system, and were briefed on the judicial system on a visit to the Oklahoma State Penitentiary.

In Orange County, California, they met with local politicians and government officials to discuss the relationship between the federal, state, county, and municipal governments.

Participants List

Masayuki Chikazawa Assistant to Motoshisa Furukawa, Member of the House of Representatives, Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ)
Naoki Furukawa Member, Yokohama City Council, Kanagawa Prefecture, Liberal Democratic Party (LDP)
Keiko Hirata Member, Utazu Town Council, Kagawa Prefecture, LDP
Aki Nagao Research Staff, Japan Initiative
Keiichi Oda Member, Okayama Prefectural Assembly, LDP
Akira Ohmatsu Leader, Political News Division, Komei Shimbun (New Komei Party organ paper)
Hideaki Takeuchi Deputy Manager, Diet Affairs Committee, House of Councillors Members' caucus, DPJ
Yasuji Yamaoka Professional Staff Member, Party Organization Bureau, LDP

Sixteenth Japanese Delegation to the United States