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US Congressional Staff Exchange Program


2007 Staff Exchange
2007 US delegation meets with future
Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama.

As a complement to the ongoing US-Japan Parliamentary Exchange Program, JCIE established the US Congressional Staff Exchange Program in 1982 in recognition of the vital role Congressional staff members play in policymaking. The one-week study program provides senior Congressional staffers with the opportunity to meet Japanese legislators and policymakers and thus give them a sense of the Japanese policymaking process as well as political, economic, and societal trends. Participants also take part in briefings and roundtables with leading experts on bilateral, regional, and global issues, particularly those related to security and trade.


2004 Exchange
Environment Minister Yuriko Koike and
Steven Perrotta (2004)
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The program is designed to provide these influential staff members with a deeper appreciation of the US-Japan relationship and a better understanding of the opportunities and challenges for US government leaders, businesses, and other key decision makers in their interactions with Japan. By doing so, it helps enhance the quality of policy advice provided to US legislators.

This program, the longest running congressional staff exchange with Japan, is operated on an application basis with an advisory board of distinguished former members of Congress.



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.