USJC was one of the cooperating organizations for a reception that was held on Capitol Hill onApril 30, in honor of leaders from the National Diet of Japan. The Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE) and The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation were the co-sponsors of the event. The reception welcomed more than twenty Diet Members, including those visiting on JCIE’s US-Japan Parliamentary Exchange Program and the Mansfield Foundation’s inaugural Thomas S. Foley Legislative Exchange Program. Ms. Heather Foley, widow of former USJC Board of Councilors Member and Ambassador Thomas Foley, gave opening remarks. U.S. Senator and Member of the Board of Councilors Mazie Hirono (D-HI), U.S. Representative Greg Walden (R-OR) and Liberal Democratic Party Secretary General Shigeru Ishiba (pictured below) also made remarks, and Ambassador Kenichiro Sasae gave a toast. The Honorable Soon-ok Chun, Member of the National Assembly of Korea was also featured as a special guest. Other cooperating organizations were the Japan-United States Friendship Commission, US CULCON and the US-Japan-South Korea Legislative Exchange Program at George Washington University.