Six local legislators and party staffers from Japan visited Washington DC and Orange County, California, as part of the 2017 Japanese delegation of the US-Japan Young Political Leaders Exchange Program, which is co-sponsored by JCIE and the American Council for Young Political Leaders (ACYPL).
In Washington, their agenda included meetings with government officials, political campaign committees, policy experts, and business representatives. Topics for discussion included US-Japan relations, East Asian security, US politics, US environmental policy, immigration policy, and youth in politics.
The group then headed to Orange County in Southern California for meetings with local politicians from the cities of La Palma and La Habra, county officials, and the state legislature, and private sector representatives. They visited the Nixon Presidential Library and Museum and UC Irvine as well. These meetings focused on city and county governance, US elections, local water and sanitation issues, and the use of artificial intelligence in elections.
TAKUMA FURUYA, Director, Public Speeches Division, Party Organization and Campaign Headquarters, Liberal Democratic Party (LDP)
RIEKO FUKUDA, Member, Shunan City Council, Liberal Democratic Party (LDP)
TORU KAWABATA, Chief, Komei Press Chugoku Branch (Komeito)
TAKAHISA ODA, Member, Sagamihara City Council, Democratic Party (DP)
SATORU SUZUKI, Manager, Public Relations Department, DP Headquarters Office
RISA TANAKA, Manager, Policy Research Council, LDP Headquarters Office
KOICHIRO YORIMITSU, Member, Kochi Prefectural Assembly, LDP
DAI FUNAKI, Program Officer, Japan Center for International Exchange [Escort]