US-Japan Young Political Leaders Exchange
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.