Capitol Hill Welcome Reception for Visiting Parliamentarians - Washington, DC

April 30, 2015 at 5:45pm - 7pm

State Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura (right) addressing the audience; to the left is JCIE Executive Director James Gannon

On April 30, fourteen parliamentarians from the National Diet of Japan met with national and global leaders at a reception in the U.S. Capitol. The event was sponsored by the Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE) and the Maureen & Mike Mansfield Foundation. Further support was provided by USJC, the Japan-United States Friendship Commission, US CULCON, the Congressional Study Group on Japan, the Sasakawa Peace Foundation, and the US-Japan-South Korea Legislative Exchange Program at George Washington University.

(L-R) Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo (D-Guam), Mr. Akio Okawara, Mr. Gannon

JCIE Executive Director James Gannon and Maureen & Mike Mansfield Foundation President & CEO Frank Jannuzi were the organizing hosts of the event, which included over 150 guests who gathered to celebrate U.S.-Japan relations. Speakers at the event included U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono from Hawaii, Japanese State Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura, Chairperson of the Mansfield Foundation Desaix Anderson, President & CEO of the Japan Center for International Exchange Akio Okawara, and Senator Lisa Murkowski from Alaska. They shared their thoughts on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit that week and offered support for the bond between the United States and Japan.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) shares her views on U.S.-Japan relations

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