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US Congressional Staff Exchange Program

23rd US Congressional Staff Exchange Program

June 28–July 5, 2014


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Since 1982, the Congressional Staff Exchange Program has given more than 160 senior staff the opportunity to visit Japan for an intensive one-week study program involving briefings from leading policy experts and meetings with high-level government, civil society, and private sector leaders. The program aims to provide participants with a deeper understanding of the US-Japan relationship and the dynamics of Japanese policymaking. Ultimately, this helps to enhance US policymaking by heightening understanding of the opportunities and challenges of close coordination and cooperation between the United States and Japan on the bilateral, regional, and global levels.

This year’s program covered a broad range of strategic, political, and economic issues in US-Japan relations, with several meetings dedicated to issues involving international trade and the Transpacific Partnership (TPP) pact.


The 2014 program was made possible by funding from the Japan-US Friendship Commission, a US federal agency, and the bipartisan delegation included the following seven senior staff.

Participants

Phillip Brown Specialist in Energy Policy, Congressional Research Service
Darrell Rico Doss Economic Policy Counsel, Office of Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX)
Aaron Hiller Chief Oversight Counsel, House Committee on the Judiciary (John Conyers, D-MI)
Jeff Lowenstein Legislative Director, Office of Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA)
Spencer Pederson Legislative Assistant, Office of Senator Tim Scott (R-SC)
Mary Frances Repko Senior Policy Adviser, Office of House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD)
William G. Todd, IV Deputy Legislative Director, Office of Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS)

 


Lt. General (ret.) Noboru Yamaguchi and Lt. Col. Shutaro Sano show off the campus of the National Defense Academy


A roundtable brought together 8 Diet members from 4 different parties for discussions with the delegation