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U.S.-Japan Parliamentary Exchange Program

24th U.S. Congressional Delegation to Japan
December 7–12, 1999

The 24th U.S. Congressional delegation met with top Japanese foreign policy experts and policymakers to discuss U.S.-Japan relations and both countries' changing roles in the Asia Pacific region. In light of recent strains on the U.S.-Japan security alliance, the five members of the delegation—three congressional members, one former member, and a staffer—held discussions with Japanese Diet members about how to better manage the security relationship. The delegation also participated in a rare open forum with young Diet members, who are an increasingly vocal and influential force in Japanese politics, and met with Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi, Yukio Hatoyama, President of the Democratic Party of Japan, and Takako Doi, Leader of the Social Democratic Party. This program was conducted in cooperation with the Brookings Institution.

Participants List

House of Representatives

Thomas Allen Democrat, Maine
Rick Boucher Democrat, Virginia
Diane DeGette Democrat, Colorado

Special Participants

Bill Frenzel Former Member of House of Representatives, Republican, Minnesota
Mark Sullivan Communications Director to Rep. Thomas Allen