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US-Japan Young Political Leaders 22nd Delegation to Japan (2003)

Tokyo/Kanagawa/Kyoto/Himeji/Kita-Kyushu
October 18–31, 2003

On October 18–31, 2003, the Twenty-Second US Delegation of the US-Japan Young Political Leaders Exchange Program visited Tokyo, Kanagawa, Kyoto, Himeji, and Kita-Kyushu. As the participants arrived shortly before the November general elections in Japan, they had the opportunity to observe firsthand various aspects of Japan's election system and political processes. In Tokyo, the delegates received briefings from top party officials on their election strategies and learned about Japan's foreign policy and various domestic issues through meetings with Ambassador Howard Baker, up-and-coming political leaders such as Councillor Yoshimasa Hayashi (Liberal Democratic Party), journalists, and business leaders. The participants also learned about Japan's local government systems and decentralization efforts through meetings with local elected officials and city council members in Kanagawa, Kyoto, and Himeji. During their trip, they also had the opportunity to attend a campaign speech by Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi in Kita-Kyushu.

Participants List

Claudia AlvarezCouncilwoman, City of Santa Ana (Democrat)
Merika ColemanRepresentative, State of Alabama (Democrat)
Ferdinand "Trey" Frank FischerRepresentative, State of Texas (Democrat)
Stephanie Olsenepresentative, State of Minnesota (Republican)
Dan SchooffRepresentative, State of Wisconsin (Democrat)
Geoffrey SmithRepresentative, State of Ohio (Republican)
Peter SuCongressional Liaison, International Affairs, US Department of Treasury (Republican)
Doug TurnerPresident, DW Turner Public Relations (Republican)