January 18th, 2014

CSGJ: Jan. 18-25, 2014 – Sr. Congressional Staff Study Tour to Tokyo and Kyoto

For photos from this study tour, see the slide show below and visit our Flickr page here.

For thirty years, The Congressional Study Groups on Germany and Turkey have run successful, substantive study tours and legislative exchanges for Members of Congress and senior congressional staff. In January 2014, we were pleased to be able to organize our first-ever study tour to Japan thanks to generous funding from Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA (SPFUSA).

The Congressional Study Group on Japan (CSGJ) organized a delegation of both House and Senate senior staff to Tokyo and Kyoto during the MLK Day recess, from Saturday, January 18th to Saturday, January 25th, 2014. Similar to our other study tours, this trip provided participants with a unique opportunity to engage in dialogue 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)

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

Note: This study tour was rescheduled from the October 2013 dates, which was postponed due to the government shutdown