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US-Japan Young Political Leaders 31st Delegation to Japan (2014)

Tokyo / Ibaraki / Okayama / Kyoto

September 20–October 2, 2014

As part of the 2014 exchange program, a delegation of six state and local-level US political leaders visited Tokyo, Ibaraki Prefecture, and Okayama Prefecture, and Kyoto Prefecture for a series of meetings and roundtables with national policymakers, business leaders, and prefectural and local-level officials. During the course of their two-week visit, the delegation met with six Diet members from both major parties and over thirteen prefectural and city assembly members. This included the former Minister of Defense Yasukazu Hamada, as well as former Minister of Foreign Affairs and current LDP party vice-president Masahiko Koumura.

While in Tokyo, the delgation was briefed by Diet members, ministry officials, business leaders, and academia on a host of issues ranging from women's issues in Japan to demographic change and it's impact on Japanese society. Outside of Tokyo, their schedule included meetings with Ibaraki and Okayama prefectural assembly chairmen, a meeting with the governor of Okayama prefecture Ryuta Ibaragi, site visits to local industry hubs, and discussions with local media outlets.

This program is organized in cooperation with the American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL), and with the kind assistance of Japanese program alumni who have visited the US on this program.

Delegation members try out the seats in the Okayama Prefectural Assembly chambers with Assembly Member Koichiro Kobayashi. A site visit to the JFE Steel Corporation's Mizushima Plant in Okayama.

Participants

Dawn Hucklebridge Policy & Programs Director, Young Elected Officials Network, People for the American Way Foundation (Democrat)
Stephen Neuman Director of Public Affairs, Office of Governor Martin O’Malley (Democrat)
Matt O’Malley Member, Boston City Council (Democrat)
Albert Ribeiro Senior Director & Oncology Global Public Affairs Lead, Pfizer, Inc. (Republican)
Maria Rodriguez-Gregg Member, New Jersey State Assembly (Republican)
Erica Sechrist Director, Government Affairs, Advance America (Republican)
Bryan Pedersen Delegation Escort; Senior Vice President, Financial Advisor, RBC Wealth Management (Republican)