1999 US Young Political Leaders Delegation to Japan

November 14–26, 1999
Tokyo, Nagano, Kyoto

The 1999 ACYPL delegation spent their first days in Tokyo learning about Japan’s coalition government and meeting with top politicians and policymakers. They spoke with Trade Minister Takashi Fukaya about Japan’s economic prospects and discussed Japan’s IT policy with Kenji Kosaka, a Diet member who also serves as the Parliamentary Secretary for the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications.

The group then traveled to scenic Nagano Prefecture, home of the 1998 Winter Olympic Games, where they participated in a short home-stay program. While in Nagano, they met with top local leaders, including the prefectural governor, to discuss the changing relationship between the central government and local governments. They also spoke with local officials about their preparations for the Olympics and had the opportunity to observe Diet members as they prepared for general elections, accompanying one politician to planning meetings with his local support group. After several days in Nagano, they concluded the trip with a brief visit to Kyoto.


GLEN BECERRA,  Member, City Council, Simi Valley, California

JENNIFER CRAWFORD, Secretary of Appointments, Office of Maryland Governor Paris Glendening

MELONY GRIFFITH, Delegate, Maryland House of Delegates

JAY GUERRERO, Chairman, Republican National Hispanic Assembly, Harris County, Texas

TY HARRELL, National Finance Director, Democratic Leadership Council

JOHN MANCINI, Member, City Council, Cranston, Rhode Island

CORI McCAIN, Member, City Council, Castle Rock, Colorado

JULIE ROSE, Senator, Kentucky State Senate

MARTIN SWEENEY, Member, City Council, Cleveland

This program is organized in cooperation with the American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL), and with the kind assistance of Japanese program alumni who have visited the US on this program.m