May 2nd, 2013

CSGJ: May 2, 2013 – Breakfast: Katsuyuki Kawai, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of Japan’s House of Representatives

May 2, 2013 – Breakfast: Katsuyuki Kawai, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of Japan’s House of Representatives

The Congressional Study Group on Japan convened a breakfast roundtable discussion with Mr. Katsuyuki Kawai, the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Japanese House of Representatives, focusing on recent developments in Japanese foreign relations. The Hon. Don Bonker (D-WA, 1975-1989) served as host and moderator for the event.

The Hon. Don Bonker welcomed Mr. Kawai and the participants, thanking Mr. Jonathan Weiner, Ambassador Joseph DeTrani, the Hon. Cliff Stearns and the Hon. Baron Hill for their participation in today’s event. Mr. Bonker introduced Mr. Kawai, who began his remarks by relating the close relationship between Japan and the United States to his own experience of coming to the United States to work in a local government office in Ohio during the late 1980’s.

By visiting Washington, DC this past March, Prime Minister Abe reaffirmed the importance of U.S.-Japan relationship building, said Mr. Kawai. In the Japanese domestic setting, Prime Minister Abe’s cabinet has enjoyed high and consecutively rising approval ratings after being elected by a 2/3 landslide majority in the last election. The Prime Minister’s LDP party has focused on rectifying the shortcomings of the previous DPJ administration’s policy in terms of national security and foreign policy. The LDP government has an obligation to address these issues and take seriously the threats that are posed by other countries in Japan’s backyard...(For the full summary, please contact Sabine Schleidt at SSchleidt@usafmc.org.)


Pictures from this roundtable are available on FMC’s Flickr page here

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