Jimmy Carter with Diet members before his victory in the New Hampshire primary (1976)
Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld greets Ichiro Aisawa (center) and Takuya Tasso (2001)
A major goal of JCIE activities since 1968 has been the promotion of closer working relations between Japanese political and opinion leaders and their foreign counterparts. In 1968, JCIE established the US-Japan Parliamentary Exchange Program, which is now the oldest bilateral exchange program between members of the US Congress and the Japanese Diet. Since then, JCIE has organized additional political exchange programs between Japan and the United States involving Congressional staff and state and local legislators. To date, more than 1,100 leaders have participated in JCIE's political exchange programs.
JCIE also involves political leaders in a wide range of research and dialogues—from comparative research projects on the policymaking process and the roles of parliaments, to task forces on global health or other key issues, and to participation in substantive exchanges that further bilateral relations between Japan and Korea, Germany, China, and the United Kingdom.
Established in 1968, this program is the longest running exchange between members of the US Congress and the Japanese Diet. It is designed to enhance dialogue between US and Japanese political leaders on bilateral and global policy issues with the goal of strengthening bilateral cooperation on issues of shared concern.
An annual bilateral exchange program in which young leaders from Japan and the United States take part in an intensive two-week study tour designed to expose them to the politics and policy-making process of the other country and to enhance their understanding of US-Japan relations. This operates as a joint initiative with the American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL).
This one-week program was established in 1982 as a complement to the US-Japan Parliamentary Exchange Program. It is designed to provide senior staff members with an opportunity to conduct frank discussions with Japan policymakers, learn about recent political, economic, and social trends, and gain a better understanding of the Japanese policymaking process.