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
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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 senior Congressional staff an independent, non-partisan, and non-advocacy forum for candid and substantive discussions and parliamentary exchange on major issues facing the U.S.-Japan alliance.
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The Congressional Study Group on Japan is an independent, non-partisan and non-advocacy organization that promotes legislative exchange between the U.S. Congress and Japanese Diet. Since 1993, the Study Group has created an ongoing forum for frank and candid dialogue about the most pressing issues affecting the U.S-Japanese and transpacific relationships. The Study Group provides first-hand opportunities for policy makers, academics, journalists and business leaders (led by our Business Advisory Council) to discuss issues of critical concern and build strong and lasting relationships based on mutual interest and trust. Programs address a wide range of timely issues, with trade, economics, energy, foreign policy, and security generally the main focus. Among the Study Group’s core activities are the Annual Congressional Member Study Tour to Japan, Annual Sr. Congressional Staff Study Tour to Japan, and frequent roundtable discussions on Capitol Hill that bring together Members of Congress, visiting Diet Members, congressional staff, business leaders, diplomats, policy experts, administration officials, and journalists.
Bipartisan pairs of current Members of Congress chair The Congressional Study Group on Japan in each Chamber of Congress. Rep. Shelley Capito (R-WV) and Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO) serve as co-chairs in the House. Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) and Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) lead the Study Group in the Senate. We are honored to have Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) serve as Chairman Emertius, after a decade of service as the Democratic House Co-Chair. Former Speaker J. Dennis Hastert and Secretary Norman Y. Mineta are Honorary Co-Chairs of the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress, and given their personal interests in the region,focus much of their time on The Congressional Study Group on Japan.
The Study Group’s activities are supported by a generous grant from the Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA and also received funding from Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission and the organizations which make up the Study Group’s Business Advisory Council. Learn more here.
The Distinguished Speaker Series – The Distinguished Speaker Series exposes Members of Congress and senior congressional staff to the issues that affect U.S.-Japan relations by bringing high-level speakers to Capitol Hill. The Congressional Study Group on Japan is pleased to have the opportunity to organize events featuring Members of the Japanese Diet, U.S. and Japanese administration officials, and other leading experts, journalists, and captains of industry. The Congressional Study Group on Japan works with the Embassy of Japan, business community, and other like-minded organizations to maximize collaboration toward our shared goal of promoting international legislative dialogue.
Congressional Member Study Tour to Japan – This program immerses American lawmakers, Japanese legislators, and other distinguished guests with in discussion on the role of their countries in solving global challenges. Through a series of dialogue-driven meetings, parliamentarians from both sides of the Pacific build lasting personal relationships which serve as the underpinning for strategic policy conversations. Topics for each study tour varies by year, but often includes: international economic and trade policies (TPP), foreign policy challenges, energy policy, and what to expect given the changing political environments in both countries.
Senior Congressional Staff Study Tour to Japan – Senior congressional staffers play an essential role in policy creation and legislation drafting, and most importantly, they serve as a direct line to Members of Congress. As Members’ time becomes more fragmented, it is up to staff to identify what issues most deserve their Members’ attention.
In 2014, The Congressional Study Group on Japan conducted the first Senior Staff Study Tour to Japan after ten years of experience running similar trips to Germany and Turkey. These programs expose participants to critical information for formulating policy and immerse them in discussions with their counterparts and other key players abroad. This leads to greater understanding, better cooperation, more direct channels of communication, and a heightened appreciation of Japan. The result is a cadre of engaged and empowered individuals in Congress working to preserve and advance the U.S.-Japan relationship.