I was actually born on the U.S. Air Force base in Tachikawa, Japan and as such have long had a deep interest as a Member of Congress in strengthening and continuing to advance the mutual alliance between our two countries. That is why I have always been proud to be a Member of the Congressional Study Group on Japan. Whether tackling issues of economic policy, energy and climate change, global security, public health, or any of the other shared challenges facing our two great nations, The Study Group gives Congress an unparalleled opportunity to deepen our understanding of one another and how we can better work together to improve the future of both our nations, if not the world.
Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO), Co-Chair, The Congressional Study Group on Japan
Congressional Study Group on Japan
The U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress established the CSGJ in 1993 in cooperation with the East-West Center to provide Members of Congress and Congressional staff an informal, and bipartisan forum for the analysis and study of policy options on major issues facing the U.S.-Japan alliance. The CSGJ also provides opportunities for Members of Congress to meet with their counterparts in the Japanese tradition of candid discussions on key issues facing both the United States and Japan.
The Congressional Study Group on Japan consists of periodic roundtable discussions on Capitol Hill for Members of Congress and features visiting dignitaries from Japan.
Bipartisan pairs of current Members of Congress chair. Rep. Shelley Capito (R-WV) and Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) serve as co-chairs in the House, and Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) and Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) lead the Study Group in the Senate. Former Speakers Tom Foley and Dennis Hastert remain active as Honorary Co-Chairs, given their personal interests in the region.
CSGJ’s activities are made possible by a grant from the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission, the Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA, and the organizations which make up the Study Group’s Business Advisory Council. For more information about how you can get involved or support our programming, please contact Sabine Schleidt, Director of International Programs, at SSchleidt@usafmc.org or 202-222-0972.