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US Congressional Staff Exchange Program

27th US Congressional Staff Exchange Program
May 27–June 2, 2018

A delegation of US Congressional staff is travelling to Tokyo and Kyoto on May 27 to June 2, 2018, for a series of meetings with a wide range of Japanese leaders, government representatives, and policy experts for discussions about the dynamics shaping Japanese politics and the US-Japan alliance. The bipartisan group is meeting with more than 50 national leaders and policy experts in Tokyo to discuss bilateral security and economic relations. Several of their meetings have a special focus on US-Japan cooperation on the North Korean nuclear threat, while other sessions are focusing on Japan’s health care system, the transportation system, and trade issues. They are then moving on to Kyoto to gain an alternative perspective in one of Japan’s most historic cities.

Participants

Jeyben Castro  Outreach Director, US Senate Republican Task Force on Hispanic Affairs, Senate Finance Committee (Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-UT)
Matthew Fuentes Health Legislative Aide, Office of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY)
Kayleigh Nauman Legislative Correspondent, Office of Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY)
Nathan Robinson Professional Staff, Senate Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development (D)
Lindsay Steward Professional Staff, US House Committee on Ways and Means 
(R)
Beth Vrabel Senior Health Counsel, Senate Finance Committee (Democratic Staff)


This Congressional staff exchange program has been made possible by the generous support of the Japan-US Friendship Commission, an independent federal agency dedicated to strengthening the US-Japan relationship through educational, cultural, and intellectual exchange.