OBAMA/ABE JOINT STATEMENT ENDORSES COMMISSION ACTIVITIES IN LEGISLATIVE EXCHANGE

April 25, 2014 

The Commission is proud to support legislative exchange, in particular the Congressional Study Group on Japan and the U.S.-Japan Legislative Exchange Program,  and welcomes the endorsement in the Obama/Abe Joint Statement:

“The President and Prime Minister welcomed the invigoration of exchanges between the U.S. Congress and the Diet of Japan, praising the work of …the Congressional Study Group on Japan in the United States Congress….as well as the U.S.-Japan Legislative Exchange Program.  Nearly 200 Diet Members visited the United States in fiscal year 2013, and the number of Members of Congress visiting Japan in 2013 more than doubled over the previous year and continues to increase in 2014.”

This is part of a special section of the Joint Statement that highlights the importance of U.S.-Japan bilateral exchanges.  The section begins, “Broad people-to-people exchange between Japan and the United States has been a key pillar of our Alliance since its inception.  Close ties and shared values between the people of the United States and the people of Japan form the foundation of the global partnership between our nations.”

Read the full text here:
http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/04/25/us-japan-joint-statement-united-states-and-japan-shaping-future-asia-pac