March 12th, 2014

Press Release: “Norman Y. Mineta named Honorary Co-Chair of Congressional Study Group on Japan”

March 12, 2014 | Contact: Sabine Schleidt, FMC, (202) 222-0972

Norman Y. Mineta named Honorary Co-Chair of Congressional Study Group on Japan
Carries on leadership of bipartisan group committed to transpacific relations

Photo: Norman Y. MinetaWashington, D.C.— Norman Y. Mineta, former U.S Cabinet Member and Member of Congress has been named Democratic Honorary Co-Chair of The Congressional Study Group on Japan (CSGJ), a bipartisan organization dedicated to frank and candid dialogue between current American lawmakers and their peers in Japan. The CSGJ is led in the U.S. Congress by Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, Rep. Diana DeGette, Sen. Mazie K. Hirono, and Sen. Lisa Murkowski. Mineta takes on the role as Honorary Co-Chair alongside Republican counterpart former Speaker J. Dennis Hastert.

“Secretary Mineta’s commitment to bipartisanship at home and the U.S.-Japan alliance abroad is evident throughout his many decades of public service,” said Connie Morella, President of the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress, which serve as secretariat for The Congressional Study Groups. “We have appreciated his leadership on our Board of Directors and look forward to his continued guidance in this additional role.”

After serving San Jose, California as a City Council member, mayor, and Member of the U.S. Congress, Mineta was appointed to national office by President Bill Clinton as Secretary of Commerce in 2000. In 2001, President George W. Bush then appointed Mineta Secretary of Transportation, where he served until 2006.

For thirty years, The Congressional Study Groups on Germany, Japan, Turkey, and Europe have provided substantive, issue-based opportunities for Members of Congress to engage with their counterparts abroad. Programming of The Congressional Study Group on Japan is supported by the Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA, Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission, and the Study Group’s Business Advisory Council.