April 25th, 2014

FMC’s Study Group on Japan honored by mention in joint statement by Abe, Obama

In a joint statement on the occasion of the April 2014 State Visit, President Obama and Prime Minister Abe praised the renewed interest in legislative exchange between the United States and Japan and recognized the Congressional Study Group on Japan — one of the flagship international programs of the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress with nearly 80 current Members of Congress on its roster — by name as a part of this work. Please find the relevant excerpt from the statement here.

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 U.S.-Japan Caucus and the Congressional Study Group on Japan in the United States Congress, the Japan-U.S. Parliamentary Friendship League in the Diet of Japan, as well as the U.S.-Japan Legislative Exchange Program and the Japan-U.S. Senate Inter-parliamentary Conference.  Nearly 200 Diet Members visited the United States in fiscal year 2013, and the number of Members of Congress visiting Japan in 2013 more than doubled over the previous year and continues to increase in 2014.

Full text of the statement is available at http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/04/25/us-japan-joint-statement-united-states-and-japan-shaping-future-asia-pac.

We are honored by this mention and our opportunity to play a part in strengthening ties between the United States and its most vital allies abroad. To learn more about our four Congressional Study Groups and how you can be involved, please visit www.usafmc.org/csg or contact Sabine Schleidt, FMC’s International Programs Director at SSchleidt@usafmc.org.