US-Japan Parliamentary Exchange
The US-Japan Parliamentary Exchange Program brings members of the US Congress and Japanese Diet to one another’s countries for a series of intensive dialogues with leaders from a broad range of fields. Over the years, participants in the US-Japan Parliamentary Exchange Program have risen to influential positions in their respective countries, bringing with them an enhanced understanding of the US-Japan relationship.
This nongovernmental, nonpartisan program was conceived in 1967 at a conference of high-level American and Japanese political, opinion, and business leaders held in Shimoda, Japan. The Shimoda Conference pointed out the growing role of legislators in US-Japan relations as well as their relative lack of knowledge about each other’s societies. To remedy this, Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield called for the creation of a nongovernmental political exchange program between the two countries. When the US-Japan Parliamentary Exchange Program was launched in 1968, its initial focus was on introductory generalities, but with the maturation of the US-Japan relationship, the focus has shifted to the enhancement of dialogue on bilateral and global policy issues.
US alumni include:
Howard Baker, Joaquin Castro, Thomas Foley, Richard Gephardt, Al Gore, Mazie Hirono, Dan Quayle, Donald Rumsfeld
Japan alumni include:
Takako Doi, Kiichi Miyazawa, Yoshiro Mori, Keizo Obuchi, Yasuhisa Shiozaki, Keizo Takemi, Seiji Maehara, Seiko Noda