US-Japan Young Political Leaders Exchange

1973–Present

In 1973, JCIE and the American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL) jointly launched the US-Japan Young Political Leaders Exchange Program, an annual bilateral exchange program designed to expose young leaders of each country to the politics and policymaking processes of the other country and to enhance their understanding of US-Japan relations. These two-week intensive study programs involve travel to at least two cities where delegates meet with senior government officials, representatives from political parties, industry executives, and community leaders. US delegations, split evenly between Democrats and Republicans, include state and local elected officials, federal and state officials, party officers, and Congressional staff. Japanese delegations consist of prefectural and local officials, assistants to Diet members, and policy staff from the governing and opposition parties. Over the years, the US-Japan Young Political Leaders Exchange Program has helped create personal networks among leaders from both countries.

The 2018 delegation meeting with Diet Member Kuniko Inoguchi, who served as Japan's first Minister of State for Gender Equality and Social Affairs
US alumni include:
Elizabeth Dole (former senator), Wyche Fowler (former senator and former ambassador to Saudi Arabia), Bill Graves (former governor of Kansas), Rep. Greg Walden, and Rep. Stephen Cohen.
100
participants to date
Early Japan alumni include:
Keizo Obuchi (former prime minister), Koichi Kato (former defense minister and secretary general of the Liberal Democratic Party), and Morihiro Hosokawa (former prime minister).

PROGRAM NEWS


2019 US Young Political Leaders Delegation to Japan

November 16–26, 2019 | Tokyo, Kochi, Aichi

A bipartisan delegation of six state and local-level US political leaders visited Tokyo, Kochi Prefecture, and Aichi Prefecture for a series of meetings and roundtables with a variety of policymakers,…


December 2018 US Young Political Leaders Delegation to Japan

December 1–11, 2018 | Tokyo, Gunma, Fukuoka

The 2018 US-Japan Young Political Leaders Exchange Program brought US state and local officials to Tokyo, Gunma, and Fukuoka to meet with Diet members, prefectural and local-level officials, policy ex…


2018 Japanese Young Political Leaders Delegation to US

June 9–19, 2018 | Washington DC, Oklahoma, Colorado

The 2018 US-Japan Young Political Leaders Exchange Program brought the 29th Japanese delegation to the US, providing an opportunity for them to meet and engage in discussions with government officials…


March 2018 US Young Political Leaders Delegation to Japan

February 24–March 8, 2018 | Tokyo, Sagamihara, Hiroshima, Yamaguchi

A bipartisan delegation of six local-level legislators and political leaders from the US visited Tokyo, Sagamihara, Hiroshima, and Yamaguchi Prefecture for meetings with policy experts, policymakers,…


2017 Japanese Young Political Leaders Delegation to the US

October 24–November 2, 2017 | Washington DC; Orange County, CA

The 2017 US-Japan Young Political Leaders Exchange Program brought the 28th Japanese delegation to the US, providing an opportunity for them to meet and engage in discussions with government officials…


2016 US Young Political Leaders Delegation to Japan

December 3–15, 2016 | Tokyo, Kochi, Gifu

The 2016 US-Japan Young Political Leaders Exchange Program brought US state and local officials to Japan, providing an opportunity for them to meet and engage in discussions with Diet members, prefect…


2016 Japanese Young Political Leaders Delegation to the US

September 11–23, 2016 | Washington DC, Michigan, Colorado

The 2016 US-Japan Young Political Leaders Exchange Program brought Japanese local legislators and Diet staffers to Washington DC, Michigan, and Colorado to meet with government officials, policy exper…


2015 Japanese Young Political Leaders Delegation to the US

July 26–August 6, 2015 | Washington DC, North Carolina, Seattle

The 26th Japanese young political leaders delegation to the US visited DC, North Carolina, and Seattle to meet with US national and local policymakers, experts, Japanese embassy officials, business le…


2014 US Young Political Leaders Delegation to Japan

September 20–October 2, 2014 | Tokyo, Ibaraki, Okayama, Kyoto

Six local-level legislators and political leaders from the United States visited Tokyo, Ibaraki, Okayama, and Kyoto for meetings with policy experts, policymakers, business and NGO leaders, and others…


2013 US Young Political Leaders Delegation to Japan

September 28–October 11, 2013 | Tokyo, Kumamoto, Kanagawa

The 2013 delegation of six state and local-level US political leaders visited Tokyo, Kumamoto Prefecture, and Kanagawa Prefecture for a series of meetings and roundtables with national policymakers, b…


2013 Japanese Young Political Leaders Delegation to the US

April 27–May 10, 2013 | Washington DC, Rhode Island, Colorado

The 2013 Japanese delegation of young political leaders traveled to DC, Rhode Island, and Colorado to meet national and local policymakers and officials, business leaders, experts, and others.


2012 US Delegation to Japan

September 15–28, 2012 | Iwate, Tokyo, Kumamoto, Nara

The 2012 US delegation to Japan met with Japanese policymakers, experts, NGO representatives, educators, and local officials in Iwate, Tokyo, Kumamoto, and Nara.


2012 Japanese Young Political Leaders Delegation to the US

April 28–May 11, 2012 | Washington DC, Tennessee, Washington

The 2012 US-Japan Young Political Leaders Exchange Program brought the 24th Japanese delegation to the US, providing an opportunity for them to meet and engage in discussions with the Japanese ambassa…


2011 US Young Political Leaders Delegation to Japan

September 24–October 7, 2011 | Tokyo, Okayama, Hiroshima, Hyogo, Kyoto

The 2011 US delegation visited Tokyo, Okayama, Hiroshima, Hyogo, and Kyoto for two weeks of meetings with Japanese policymakers, business leaders, and prefectural officials.


2011 Japanese Young Political Leaders Delegation to the US

July 16-29, 2011 | Washington DC, Minnesota, Colorado

The 2011 Japanese delegation to the US visited Washington DC, Minnesota, and Colorado to meet with national and local officials and policymakers, business leaders, and others.

This program is made possible thanks to generous funding from the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP).