As part of the 2016 exchange program, a bipartisan delegation of six local-level legislators and political leaders from the United States visited Tokyo, Kochi Prefecture, and Gifu Prefecture for a series of meetings and roundtables. Over the course of their visit, they met with emerging and senior Diet members from both major parties, prefectural and city assembly members, and officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the US Embassy, as well as policy experts and NGO leaders.
While in Tokyo, the delegation was briefed on a variety of issues, ranging from Japanese security and geopolitical risks to the current state of US-Japan relations in light of the recent US presidential election. They also participated in a public, off-the-record seminar on the policy implications of the new Trump administration. Outside of Tokyo, the delegation met with the governor of Kochi Prefecture and visited the Gifu Air Base of Japanese Air Self Defense Force in addition to visiting local cultural sites, schools, and government offices.
TIMOTHY BRADLEY JR., Mayor, Borough of Mount Joy (Republican)
CHRIS HALL, Member, Iowa House of Representatives (Democrat)
MICHELLE MITCHELL, Senior Associate Director, Government Affairs, American Nurses Association (Democrat)
LEIGH MOYERS, Manager, Government Relations, Feld Entertainment Inc. (Republican)
MARC ROBERTS, Member, Utah House of Representatives (Republican)
ASHLEY SPILLANE, Founder and Chief Strategist, Impactual (Democrat)
BRIAN SCRENAR, Delegation Escort; Chief of Staff to the Founder/CEO, Intellectual Ventures (Democrat)