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Joint Parliamentary Study and Dialogue Project on U.S.-Japan Security Relations in Asia Pacific

 

The Joint Parliamentary Study and Dialogue Project on U.S.-Japan Security Relations in Asia Pacific was launched in 1997 and involves forums, annual parliamentary exchanges, and a multiparty study group of roughly 30 first- through fourth-term Diet members. Overwhelmed by pressing domestic issues, many new and young Diet members have little opportunity for discussions with foreign leaders on international issues. This program hopes to rectify this problem by creating an ongoing dialogue on Asia Pacific security and rasing the level of discussion on foreign policy. Participants in the study group address traditional security concerns such as the stability of East Asia and Asia Pacific as well as issues related to human security such as the environment, migration, and drug trafficking. In addition to holding meetings with the delegations from JCIE's various exchange programs, the study group also gathers to hear addresses by visiting individuals. Speakers have included the following: