Representatives from organizations that participate in legislative exchange programs gather at the Ambassador's Old Residence at the Embassy of Japan
On June 27th, the U.S.-Japan Council and the United States - Japan Conference on Cultural and Educational Interchange (CULCON) held the Second Legislative Exchange Summit, graciously hosted by the Embassy of Japan. This meeting was a continuation of the conversation started at the first Summit in January to promote collaboration among DC and New York organizations engaged in U.S.-Japan legislative exchange. Topics included opportunities for collaborative programs in the coming months to educate both U.S. and Japanese elected officials about pertinent issues to the bilateral relationship; the need to bolster person-to-person exchanges by encouraging U.S. Congress Members to visit their counterparts in Japan and vice-versa; the need to engage the next generation of leaders in the Diet and Congress to advocate for the continued importance of a strong U.S.-Japan relationship; and identification of the key topics of policy interest (healthcare, energy, economic issues, etc.) as opportunities for the sharing of ideas and practices between U.S. and Japanese legislators. We look forward to continuing this conversation among organizations with our shared mission and making tangible strides in promoting people-to-people exchanges between our countries’ elected officials.