February 15th, 2014

CSGJ: 2014 Inaugural Congressional Member Study Tour to Japan (Feb. 15-22)

More pictures available on our Flickr page. Scroll down to selected press coverage from the 2014 delegation’s trip.

In 1983, The Congressional Study Group on Japan held the first Congress-Bundestag Seminar in Germany. Since then, this model has been expanded to include seminars for Members of Congress and their peers in parliaments abroad in Turkey, and in 2014, we were thrilled to host our first-ever Congressional Member delegation to Japan with the support of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation.

Our Inaugural CSGJ Congressional Member Study Tour brought a delegation of four Members of Congress to Tokyo and Kyoto during the Presidents’ Day recess, from Saturday, February 15th to Saturday, February 22nd. Similar to our other parliamentary exchanges, at the core of this program is an opportunity for Members of the U.S. Congress to meet and build lasting relationships with Members of the Japanese Diet based on engaging and substantive dialogue about issues of mutual importance. Participants also had the opportunity to meet with high-level representatives from the Japanese government, legislature, business community, and other experts such as academics and journalists.

Discussions focused on three areas:

  • Security (Korean Peninsula, U.S. troop presence, ongoing territorial disputes, cyber)
  • Energy in a post-Fukushima world (LNG/fracking, the future of nuclear, alternatives)
  • Trade and the Economy (Abenomics, TPP, China, bilateral FDI)

Press Coverage

For more information about this program, please contact Sabine Schleidt, Director of International Programs, at SSchleidt@usafmc.org.