Rep. Mark Takano Joins the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission

June 5, 2017 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Washington, DC June 5, 2017: The Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission (JUSFC) is pleased to announce that Congressman Mark Takano has joined JUSFC as a Commissioner.

The Congressman was elected to the United States House of Representative in 2012. He represents the people of Riverside, Moreno Valley, Jurupa Valley and Perris. Congressman Takano serves as the Vice Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, and as a member of the Education and the Workforce Committee, and the Science, Space, and Technology Committee. Prior to being elected to Congress, Congressman Takano was a public school teacher for 24 years and served on the Riverside Community College District’s Board of Trustees for two decades.

“We are delighted to have Congressman Takano join the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission,” said Executive Director Paige Cottingham-Streater. “His deep background in education and his long time commitment to public service will play a vital role in supporting the Commission’s mission to promote cooperation and understanding between the United States and Japan.”

“As two nations guided by democratic principles, the opportunities for the U.S. and Japan to deepen our relationship are abundant and significant.” said Congressman Takano. “Our economic partnership, our security alliance, and our shared values are critical tools for improving the lives of both the American and Japanese people. I am honored to join the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission and look forward to working with my colleagues to advance its mission.”

The Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission was established as an independent federal government agency by the United States Congress in 1975 (P.L. 94-118) to strengthen the U.S.-Japan relationship through educational, cultural, and intellectual exchange. The Commission is a grant-making agency that supports research, education, public affairs and exchange with Japan. Its mission is to support reciprocal people-to-people understanding, and promote partnerships that advance common interests between Japan and the United States.