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The American counterpart of one of Japan's leading international affairs organizations, the Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE/USA) fosters dialogue and cooperation between Japan, the United States, and other countries around the world.


JCIE Mourns Passing of Speaker Thomas Foley


The board and staff members of JCIE extend their deepest sympathies on the passing of Speaker Thomas S. Foley on October 18, 2013. Speaker Foley was a board member of JCIE/USA and a long-time friend and champion of the organization. A public servant in the truest meaning of the term, he worked tirelessly over the past four decades to strengthen US-Japan relations, initially as a political leader, then as Ambassador to Japan, and later in a private capacity. He first visited Japan in 1967 as a young Congressional member to take part in the Shimoda Conference, and after that experience, he worked closely with JCIE founder Tadashi Yamamoto and others to develop the US-Japan Parliamentary Exchange Program, bringing a generation of Japanese and US political leaders into dialogue with one another. His work with JCIE and many other US-Japan organizations contributed immeasurably to bilateral relations and his humility, humor, and dedication to public service made him beloved by those lucky enough to have known him. He will be deeply missed.



JCIE/USA board members Gerald Curtis, Tadashi Yamamoto, Tom Foley and Jiro Murase in 2001.

Tom Foley speaking at 2001 launch of JCIE publication on US-Japan ties.


Tom Foley and Tadashi Yamamoto during plant tour (1981 US-Japan Parliamentary Exchange Program).