Praise for The Congressional Study Group on Japan

Members of Congress meet with US Ambassador Caroline Kennedy during the inaugural Feb 2014 Delegation trip

Members of Congress meet with U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy during the inaugural February 2014 Member Delegation

The President and Prime Minister welcomed the invigoration of exchanges between the U.S. Congress and the Diet of Japan, praising the work of…The Congressional Study Group on Japan in the United States Congress.

— U.S.-Japan Joint Statement By President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, April 25, 2014

I would like to recognize…The Congressional Study Group on Japan for the important role that you are playing to make exchanges possible. Through these types of efforts, you are working and helping to bring our two nations closer together. As Ambassador, I am keenly aware of the importance and value of these people-to-people exchanges to a strong overall U.S.-Japan relationship. Through this exchange program, they will have a chance to build personal ties with other politicians, professors, lawmakers, businesspeople, and cultural figures that will last a lifetime.

— H.E. Caroline Kennedy, U.S. Ambassador to Japan

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.

— Congresswoman Diana DeGette (D-CO), Co-Chair, The Congressional Study Group on Japan

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe welcomes CSGJ Co-Chair Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO) to the Cabinet Office for a meeting

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe welcomes CSGJ Co-Chair Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO) to the Cabinet Office for a meeting

A strong U.S.-Japan alliance is critical for maintaining long-term peace and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region. As someone who was born in Japan and lived there the first eight years of my life, I am especially proud to serve as Co–Chair of the Congressional Study Group on Japan as it works to develop strong relations and mutual understanding between lawmakers of both countries. I welcome our Japanese counterparts to share their stories and perspectives as we build new friendships and partnerships that benefit both nations.

— Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Co-Chair, The Congressional Study Group on Japan

The Congressional Study Group on Japan offers a valuable forum for Members of the U.S. Congress to not only interact with our Japanese counterparts, but also with other Members of Congress to provide for a greater understanding of the tremendous ties between the United States and Japan. My home state of Alaska is closer to Japan than to Washington, DC, and our ties go back to before Alaska was a state. It is a connection that I am proud to continue and foster, and I appreciate the opportunities The Congressional Study Group on Japan offers toward that end.

— Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Co-Chair, The Congressional Study Group on Japan

Ambassador Kenichiro Sasae addresses the audience at a Study Group event on Capitol Hill

Ambassador Kenichiro Sasae addresses the audience at a Study Group event on Capitol Hill

The Congressional Study Group on Japan is a unique platform to deepen the understanding of Japan in the U.S. Congress and promote interparliamentary dialogue between Japan and the United States. The Japan-U.S. relationship is the cornerstone for peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region, which CSGJ has strengthened since its inception in 1993. As the Ambassador of Japan, I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to the efforts of Ambassador Morella, 4 co-chairs and 2 honorary co-chairs and call upon Members of Congress to take part in this indispensable group.

H.E. Kenichiro Sasae, Ambassador of Japan

A strong U.S.-Japan bilateral relationship is vital to our economy and regional stability. As Co-Chair of the Congressional Study Group on Japan, I have worked to nurture this relationship and seen first-hand how direct dialogue enhances our alliance and reduces room for misunderstanding.

— Congressman Jim McDermott (D-WA), Chair Emeritus, The Congressional Study Group on Japan

Throughout my time at the Department of State, I had the opportunity on several occasions to interact with the Congressional Study Group on Japan and observe firsthand the profound effect that it has had on bringing our countries closer together. With the U.S. rebalancing towards the Asia-Pacific, the CSGJ will play a more critical role than ever before in informing Congressional leadership of both the challenges and opportunities in the region.

— Dr. Kurt Campbell, Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and the Pacific