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U.S.-Japan Parliamentary Exchange Program

30th Japanese Diet Delegation to the United States
Joint Legislator-Expert Delegation on Democratic Governance
September 17–20, 2019

JCIE's 30th Parliamentary Exchange Program featured a delegation that combined members of the Diet with experts in the field of democratic governance. The group traveled to the United States to explore the possibility of greater cooperation between Japan and the US on support for democratization. Meetings were held with a diverse array of organizations that work on democracy support in the United States, including US legislators and government officials, organizations funded by Congress, journalists, think tanks, and nonprofit organizations.

This delegation is part of a wider JCIE project on expanding support for democratic governance, which began in 2018 and is designed to engage Japanese legislators and government leaders in dialogue on Japan's role in supporting democratic governance in the Southeast Asia region. The group also participated in the 2019 Tadashi Yamamoto Memorial Seminar, co-organized by the Council on Foreign Relations, which this year focused on “Japan in the World: Sustaining Democracy.”

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