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U.S.-Japan Parliamentary Exchange Program

24th Japanese Diet Delegation to the United States
January 11-15, 2004

From January 11 to January 15, seven Diet members visited the United States for meetings with top politicians, policymakers, analysts, and U.S. business leaders. Highlights of the trip included meetings with Dr. Henry Kissinger, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Assistant Secretary of State James Kelly, as well as public seminars in New York and Washington, DC.

•Program Report

Participants

House of Representatives

Kazuhiro HaraguchiDemocratic Party of Japan (DPJ), Saga
Tatsuya ItoLiberal Democratic Party (LDP), Tokyo Proportional Representation District
Kenji KosakaLiberal Democratic Party (LDP), Nagano
Hakubun ShimomuraLiberal Democratic Party (LDP), Tokyo
Shu WatanabeDemocratic Party of Japan (DPJ), Shizuoka

House of Councillors

Koji MatsuiDemocratic Party of Japan (DPJ), Kyoto Prefecture
Kiyohiko ToyamaNew Komeito, Proportional District

Schedule of Meetings

[WASHINGTON PORTION]

Sunday, January 11

11:10 Depart Tokyo
16:00-17:30 Seminar on U.S. Foreign Policy and Security Policy
• Ambassador Rust Deming, Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Institute for National Strategic Studies, National Defense University
• Paul Stares, Director of Research and Studies Program, United States Institute of Peace
• Bruce Stokes, Columnist, The National Journal
19:00-21:00 Dinner hosted by Ambassador Ryozo Kato

Monday, January 12

09:30-11:30 Seminar on U.S. Domestic Political Developments at the Brookings Institution
• Ambassador Strobe Talbott, President, The Brookings Institution
• Thomas Mann, W. Averell Harriman Chair and Senior Fellow in Governance Studies, The Brookings Institution
• Hon. David Skaggs, Executive Director, Center for Democracy & Citizenship, Council for Excellence in Government; former Member, U.S. House of Representatives
12:00-13:30 The U.S. Economy and U.S.-Japan Economic Relations
Luncheon discussion hosted by American International Group

• Oakley Johnson, Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs, American International Group (AIG)
• Jim Fatheree, President and COO, U.S.-Japan Business Council
• John Castellani, President, Business Roundtable
14:00-14:30 Hon. James Kelly, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs
16:00-16:40 Senator John Cornyn (R-TX)
17:00-18:30 Welcome Reception for the Diet Delegation
19:00-22:00 Dinner Meeting with Leading Members of the Japanese Media
• Hirotsugu Aida, Bureau Chief, Washington Bureau, Kyodo News
• Yukio Kashiyama, Bureau Chief, Washington Bureau, Sankei Shimbun
• Ryuichi Teshima, Bureau Chief, NHK Washington Bureau
• Yoichi Nishimura, Bureau Chief, American General Bureau, Asahi Shimbun

Tuesday, January 13

09:00-10:15 The U.S. Congressional Agenda: Briefing by Senior Congressional Staff
• Skip Fischer, Professional Staff Member, Senate Banking Committee
• Donald Marron, Executive Director, Joint Economic Committee
• R. Michael Schiffer, Legislative Director, Office of Sen. Dianne Feinstein
• Mike Sheehy, National Security Advisor to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi
10:50-11:50 Hon. Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense and Department of Defense Briefing
12:00-13:30 "Japanese Politics after the General Election: Implications for the U.S.-Japan Relationship"
Public Luncheon Seminar with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
14:45-15:15 Representative Henry A. Waxman (D-CA), Ranking Member, House Committee on Government Reform
15:45-16:45 National Security Council Meeting with Michael Green, Senior Director for Asian Affairs
17:00-17:45 Hon. Randal Quarles, Assistant Secretary, International Affairs, Department of the Treasury
• Randal Quarles, Assistant Secretary, International Affairs, Department of the Treasury
• Robert Dohnor, Office Director for East Asian Nations
19:00-21:30 Dinner with Leaders in the U.S.-Japan Community—Hosted by William Breer
• William Breer, Japan Chair, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
• Professor Nathaniel Thayer, Director of Japan Studies, School of Advanced International Studies, The Johns Hopkins University
• Ambassador William Clark, Jr., President, Japan-America Student Conference
• James McNaughton, Vice President, Asia Investment Consultants
• Tsuneo Watanabe, Senior Fellow, Office of the Japan Chair, CSIS
[NEW YORK PORTION]

Wednesday, January 14

11:00-12:00 Dr. Henry Kissinger, former U.S. Secretary of State
12:15-13:15 Luncheon Hosted by Consulate General of New York
14:00-15:00 Timothy Geithner, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York
• Timothy Geithner, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York; former U.S .Treasury Under Secretary for International Affairs
• Terrence Checki, Executive Vice President, Emerging Markets and International Affairs Group)
16:45-19:00 "The Outlook on Japanese Politics and U.S.-Japan Relations in 2004"
Public Panel Discussion with the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of New York (JCCI-NY)
19:15-21:15 Dinner with Business Leaders hosted by the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry of New York (JCCI-NY)

Thursday, January 15

11:10 Depart New York