The Diet Members Meet with Congressman Jim McDermott
During Golden Week, the U.S.-Japan Council hosted a delegation of four Japanese Diet members: Takako Ebata of DPJ, Kotaro Nogami of LDP, Toshiko Takeya of the New Komei Party and Shinji Oguma of the Your Party. They spent the week visiting with a number of Congressmen and Senators, federal agency representatives and think-tank experts. The meetings allowed the Diet Members to hear first-hand about the U.S. approach to disaster relief and recovery and nuclear policy, as well as the importance of U.S.-Japan security and economic relations. A highlight of the week included a dinner with Washington, DC area Japanese Americans and others involved in the earthquake relief efforts. At the dinner, the Diet Members expressed that the week’s meetings had been beneficial and shared their heart-felt appreciation for the support of Americans after the Great East Japan Earthquake.
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