JCIE’s US-Japan Political Exchanges: Strengthening US-Japan Relations during a Time of Historic Transition


Over the past four decades, the Japan Center for International Exchange has brought more than 1,000 US and Japanese political leaders to each other’s countries while engaging thousands of other opinion makers, executives, and government officials in support of the US-Japan alliance. The bipartisan ties that JCIE has nurtured among political leaders can help advance this critical strategic as a new president takes office in the United States. In the past three years alone, 30 US Congressional members and aides—from the offices of Republicans leaders such as Senator Tim Scott (R-SC), Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Representative Greg Walden (R-OR) and Democrats such as Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Representative Nita Lowey (D-NY)—have engaged in intensive policy dialogues with Japanese leaders through our programs. In fact, former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and the late House Speaker Thomas Foley worked with JCIE founder Tadashi Yamamoto to pioneer these very political exchanges. These dialogues are enriched by the networks and research developed through JCIE’s work in other sectors, including global health, journalism, humanitarian assistance, human security, civil society, and others.


In 2017, your support can help us expand these activities and deepen the vital US-Japan relationship.


More information on JCIE’s political exchanges:





Diet Members Yasutoshi Nishimura and Hitoshi Kikawada
at a US Capitol reception (May 2016)


Health Minister Yasuhisa Shiozaki meeting with Congressional staffers (July 2016)


Roundtable with Dr. Henry Kissinger


Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld welcomes JCIE
Diet Delegation