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U.S.-Japan Parliamentary Exchange Program

26th U.S. Congressional Delegation to Japan
February 20–24, 2011
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Congressional delegation outside the Diet

One of the largest delegations of Congressional members to travel to Japan in recent years traveled to Tokyo on February 20–24, 2011, as part of the US-Japan Parliamentary Exchange Program. The delegation participated in the New Shimoda Conference, which convened nearly 80 senior Japanese and American leaders to discuss ways for Japan and the United States to work together more closely in making regional and global contributions and to help build consensus about strenthening and revitalizing this important bilateral relationship. During their time in Japan, the group also participated in a series of high-level meetings with top Japanese foreign policy experts and policymakers, including:

Participants List

House of Representatives

Susan Davis (D-California), Member, House of Representatives; Ranking Member, Hosue Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel
Diana DeGette (D-Colorado), Member, House of Representatives; Ranking Member, House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations; Chief Deputy Minority Whip, House Democratic Leadership
Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Member, House of Representatives; Member, Education and the Workforce Committee; Member, Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
Nita Lowey (D-New York), Member, House of Representatives; Ranking Member, House Appropriations Subcommittee on Foreign Operations
Tom Petri (R-Wisconsin), Member, House of Representatives; Chairman, House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Aviation

Senate

*Jim Webb (D-Virginia), Member, Senate; Chairman, Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs; Chairman, Senate Armed Forces Subcommittee on Personnel

*February 22 Shimoda Conference only

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Members discuss global economic issues with Toyoo Gyohten
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Meeting with Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Tetsuro Fukuyama

Related Events

New Shimoda Conference: Revitalizing Japan-US Strategic Partnership for a Changing World (Feb. 22, 2011)