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U.S.-Japan Parliamentary Exchange Program

20th U.S. Congressional Delegation to Japan
February 6–12, 1993

On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the U.S.- Japan Parliamentary Exchange Program, a high-powered Congressional delegation led by Thomas Foley, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, met with top Japanese policymakers and leaders from the fields of politics and business. The eight members of the 20th Congressional delegation participated in a series of formal briefings on Japanese political reform and engaged in informal discussions with Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) leaders and Japanese corporate executives about U.S.-Japan political and economic relations. They met with the sitting prime minister, Kiichi Miyazawa, as well as three future prime ministers, Tsutomu Hata, Keizo Obuchi, and Yoshiro Mori. The delegation also held discussions with Finance Minister Yoshiro Hayashi and Foreign Minister Michio Watanabe, then shared their views about "The Clinton Administration and the U.S. Congress" in a public seminar.

Participants List

House of Representatives

Doug Bereuter Republican, Nebraska
Sherwood L. Boehlert Republican, New York
Thomas S. Foley Democrat, Washington
Martin Frost Democrat, Texas
Henry J. Hyde Republican, Illinios
Jim McDermott Democrat, Washington
Bill Richardson Democrat, New Mexico
Bob Wise Democrat, West Virginia

Special participant

Werner W. Brandt Sergeant at Arms, House of Representatives
Jeffrey R. Biggs Press Secretary to the Speaker
Michael J. O'Neil Assistant to the Speaker; Counsel, Democratic Steering and Policy Committee
Bonnie Lowrey Legislative Assistant, Democratic Steering and Policy Committee
Janet Gilpatrick Head, Speaker's District Office in Spokane