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Behind China, Japan is our second most frequent destination for Congressional staff delegations. The Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) served as the host for the first ten of our delegations to Japan. USAI has also served as a program facilitator for smaller delegations to Japan.

In addition to high-level governmental meetings, delegates also have a chance to visit cultural sites in Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto.

Congressional Staff Group to Japan #11

August 29 – September 5, 2009
Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto

Objectives: Economic and Trade Issues, Security Concerns
Partners: Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission and The Wilson Center
Delegates: 10 Congressional staff members and legislative researchers.
Meetings: From the public sector, the delegation met with both DPJ and LDP members of the National Diet, MOFA, and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. The delegation made private sector visits to NTT Docomo, Panasonic and the Kansai International Airport. Two school visits were also made to Temple University in Japan and Bancho Elementary School. The delegation was also able to witness the historic elections occurring during their trip.

MOFA Congressional Staff Study Group #10

February, 2002
Tokyo, Kyoto

Objectives: Economic and Trade Issues, Security Concerns
Partners: Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA)
Delegates: 10 Congressional staff members and legislative researchers.
Meetings: The delegation met with high-level officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Economic, Trade, and Industry, the Japanese Diet’s House of Representatives, and business executives from the Bank of Japan and ORIX Corporation. The delegation also enjoyed a private reception in the home of the Ambassador and Mrs. Howard Baker (former Senator Nancy Kassebaum) and a visit to the Japanese Diet to hear President George W. Bush’s address to that body.

MOFA Congressional Staff Study Group #9

February 12-20, 2000
Tokyo, Okinawa

Objectives: Economic and Trade Issues, Security Concerns
Partners: Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA)
Delegates: 6 Congressional staff members and legislative researchers.
Meetings: The delegation attended meetings with National Diet members, officials of Japanese ministries, think tanks, and business groups. The delegation also made a brief stop in Okinawa.

MOFA Congressional Staff Study Group #8

February 13-21, 1999
Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto

Objectives: Economic and Trade Issues, Security Concerns
Partners: Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA)
Delegates: 7 Congressional staff members and legislative researchers.
Meetings: The delegation met with high level officials from various Japanese ministries, diet members, the American Navy Base at Yokosuka, the Asia Institute of Developing Economies, and the Bank of Japan among others.

MOFA Congressional Staff Study Group #7

February 14-22, 1998
Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka

Objectives: Economic and Trade Issues, Security Concerns
Partners: Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA)
Delegates: 6 Congressional staff members and legislative researchers.
Meetings: A sample of the delegation’s meetting are: officials from MOFA, Ministry of International Trade and Industry, members of the Japanese Diet, former Prime Minister, Mr. Hata, the Tokyo Stock Exchange, and the Japan Center for International Exchange.

MOFA Congressional Staff Study Group #6

January 11-19, 1997
Tokyo, Kyoto

Objectives: Economic and Trade Issues, Security Concerns
Partners: Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA)
Delegates: 7 Congressional staff members and legislative researchers.
Meetings: The delegation held meetings with various ministers from MOFA, made a school visit to Seijo Gakuen and Sakato Elementary School, met with members of the Japan Foundation, met various LDP politicians, and former Prime Minister Hata.

MOFA Congressional Staff Study Group #5

February 12-21, 1996
Tokyo, Kyoto

Objectives: Economic and Trade Issues, Security Concerns
Partners: Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA)
Delegates: 9 Congressional staff members and legislative researchers.
Meetings: The delegation paid visits to the National Diet, MITI, MOFA, the Ministry of Finance and held meetings with various ministers and MPs. The delegation also visited some places of cultural interest in Kyoto.

MOFA Congressional Staff Study Group #4

December 3-12, 1994
Tokyo

Objectives: Economic and Trade Issues, Security Concerns
Partners: Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA)
Delegates: 7 Congressional staff members and legislative researchers.
Meetings: The delegation met with ministers from MOFA, MITI, Ministry of Finance, and Science and Technology Agency. They also paid visits to the National Diet, Sony Media World, and members of the Diet.

MOFA Congressional Staff Study Group #3

March 28 – April 6, 1994
Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka

Objectives: Economic and Trade Issues, Security Concerns
Partners: Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA)
Delegates: 7 Congressional staff members and legislative researchers.
Meetings: The delegation began their trip with meetings with members of MOFA and the Japanese Diet, icluding with at the time Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Mr. Yukio Hatoyama. They also held meetings with private sector groups such as Kyosera and Matsushita Electric. They ended their delegation trip with another round of meetings with MOFA officials and MITI officials.

MOFA Congressional Staff Study Group #2

May 29 – June 6, 1993
Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka

Objectives: Economic and Trade Issues, Security Concerns
Partners: Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA)
Delegates: 7 Congressional staff members and legislative researchers.
Meetings: The delegation begain with meetings with a variety of MOFA officials and Keidanren (Federation of Japanese Economic Organizations). They next met with MITI officials and members of the National Diet. They also had meetings at Sony and Hino Motors, as well as making visits to cultural landmarks in Kyoto.

MOFA Congressional Staff Study Group #1

August 15-25, 1988
Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka

Objectives: Economic and Trade Issues, Security Concerns
Partners: Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA)
Delegates: Several Congressional staff members and legislative researchers.
Meetings: The delegation started with visits and meetings with MOFA officials, members from the Japan Center for International Exchange, and MITI. The delegation also had a couple meetings at the U.S. Embassy, including with Ambassador Mike Mansfield. The delegation paid visits to Komatsu Ltd., Toshiba Science Institute, Matsushita Electric, the Tokyo Stock Exchange, and the Nihon Keizai Shimbun (Nikkei).