March 1st, 2013

Press Release: The Congressional Study Group on Japan to Partner with Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA


March 1, 2013 | Contact: Sabine Schleidt, FMC, (202) 222-0972


Expands U.S.-Japan Dialogue for Lawmakers of Both Nations

WASHINGTON, DC – The Congressional Study Group on Japan (CSGJ) is pleased to announce a new partnership with The Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA (SPFUSA), which has awarded the Study Group a generous grant to strengthen U.S.-Japan relations and support dialogue between leaders of both nations.

“As The Congressional Study Group on Japan celebrates its 20th anniversary, we are honored to have the support of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA,” said Ambassador (ret.) Connie Morella, President of the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress, which administers The Congressional Study Group on Japan, along with the Study Groups on Germany, Turkey, and Europe. “Our two organizations are natural partners because we both believe that strong relations between nations are built on a foundation of dialogue and understanding.”

Founded in 1994, SPFUSA is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational foundation based in Washington, D.C., which works to strengthen bilateral relations between the United States and Japan. Currently the Foundation sponsors seminars and conferences on U.S.-Japan and U.S.-Asia relations, supports Asia-related projects such as the Study Group’s legislative exchange initiative, and maintains a library open to the public.

This partnership will contribute significantly to the expansion of programming sponsored by the Congressional Study Group on Japan, the cornerstone of which is a series of regular roundtables on Capitol Hill among Members of Congress, senior congressional staff, visiting delegations from the Japanese Diet, and high-level experts from the administration, academia, business, and the diplomatic community.

Junko Chano, President of SPFUSA, said, “We are pleased to partner with the Study Group, the premier organization dedicated to enhancing understanding of Japan-U.S. relations within Congress. As President Obama said last week, ‘the U.S.-Japan alliance is the central foundation for our regional security and so much of what we do in the Pacific region.’ The Study Group’s role in enhancing the alliance and broader bilateral relations is vitally important, and SPFUSA looks forward to a successful and productive collaboration.”

The 86-member Congressional Study Group on Japan is led by Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) in the House, and Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) in the Senate. Speaker Tom Foley (D-WA, 1965-1995) and Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL, 1987-2007) also remain active as Honorary Co-Chairs. Programming is also supported by funding from the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission and the organizations that make up the Study Group’s Business Advisory Council.