2006 Japanese Diet Delegation to the US

January 31–February 2, 2006
Washington DC

Three of the most influential and articulate foreign policy experts in the Diet visited Washington DC, as part of JCIE’s 25th Parliamentary Exchange Program delegation from Japan to the United States. Representative Ichiro Aisawa (acting secretary general of the Liberal Democratic Party), Representative Shigeru Ishiba (former defense minister), and Representative Takeshi Iwaya held discussions with a wide range of top leaders, including Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick, key Congressional members, and think tank scholars. 

The three Diet members, along with Mr. Yasuo Yoshioka, Chief of Staff and Senior Policy Advisor to Representative Keizo Takemi, had the opportunity to exchange views with these American experts on such topics as international security, the future of East Asia, and China-Japan-US relations.


ICHIRO AISAWA, Member of the House of Representatives, Liberal Democratic Party (LDP); Acting Secretary-General, LDP; Okayama

SHIGERU ISHIBA, Member of the House of Representatives, LDP; Tottori

TAKESHI IWAYA, Member of the House of Representatives, LDP; Oita

[OBSERVER] YASUO YOSHIOKA, Chief of Staff and Senior Policy Advisor to the Hon. Keizo Takemi 

Tuesday, January 31

 Arrival in Washington, DC

Briefing: “Changing Dynamics in U.S. Domestic Politics”

Dr. Thomas Mann, Senior Fellow, Governance Studies, The Brookings Institution

Hon. Richard Armitage, President, Armitage International; former Deputy Secretary of State

Hon. Robert Zoellick, Deputy Secretary of State

 Hon. Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense

Informal Dinner

Dr. Mike Mochizuki, Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, George Washington University

Wednesday, February 1

Expert Roundtable on Northeast Asia Security Hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

Kurt Campbell, Senior Vice President; Henry Kissinger Chair in National Security; Director, International Security Program, CSIS
Bates Gill, Freeman Chair in China Studies, CSIS
Michael J. Green, Senior Advisor and Japan Chair, CSIS
Derek Mitchell, Senior Fellow, International Security Program, CSIS

Seminar on China-Japan-U.S. Relations Hosted by the Brookings Institution Center for Northeast Asia Policy Studies

Moderator and host: Richard C. Bush, Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies; Director, Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies, The Brookings Institution
William Breer, Senior Advisor, Center for Strategic & International Studies
Richard Cronin, Senior Associate, Henry L. Stimson Center
Amb. Rust Deming, Adjunct Professor, Johns Hopkins University
Ann Florini, Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution
Banning Garrett, Director of Asia Programs, Atlantic Council of the United States
Amb. James Goodby, Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution
Frank Jannuzi, Professional Staff Member, Foreign Relations Committee, United States Senate
Nobukatsu Kanehara, Minster of Political Affairs, Embassy of Japan
Admiral Michael McDevitt, Director, Center for Strategic Studies, The CNA Corporation
Toshihiro Nakayama, Visiting Fellow, The Brookings Institution
Kevin Nealer, Partner, The Scowcroft Group
Toy Reid, Research Assistant, RAND Corporation
Stanley Roth, Vice President for Asia, The Boeing Company; former Assistant Secretary of State for Asia and the Pacific
Amb. Strobe Talbott, President, The Brookings Institute; former Deputy Secretary of State
Yuki Tatsumi, Research Fellow, The Henry L. Stimson Center
Alexander Vorontsov, Visiting Fellow, The Brookings Institution
Yuan-kang Wang, Visiting Fellow, The Brookings Institution
Bojiang Yang, Visiting Fellow, The Brookings Institution
Quansheng Zhao, Professor and Director of the Center for Asian Studies, American University

 Senior Congressional Staff Briefing on United Nations Issues

David Abramowitz, Minority Chief Council, House International Relations Committee
Deborah Derrick, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, UN Foundation
Paul Foldi, Professional Staff Member, Senate Foreign Relations Committee
Kirsten Gilley, Senior Professional Staff Member, House International Relations Committee
Erich Mische, Chief of Staff, Office of Senator Norm Coleman
Diana Ohlbaum, Minority Professional Staff Member, Senate Foreign Relations Committee
Jennifer Simon, Minority Professional Staff Member, Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Congressional Roundtable with Former Participants in the U.S.-Japan Parliamentary Exchange Program

Representative Brian Baird (D-WA), Member, Committee on Budget; Member, Committee on Science; Member, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
Representative Eni F. H. Faleomavaega (D-AS), Ranking Member, Committee on International Relations, Asia and the Pacific
Representative Greg Walden (R-OR), Chairman, Forest and Forest Health Subcommittee, Resources Committee; Member, Committee on Energy and Commerce
15:00-15:45 – Representative Jim Leach (R-IA), Chairman, Asia and the Pacific Subcommittee, House Committee on International Relations

Senator Paul Sarbanes, (D-MD), Ranking Member, Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs

Embassy Dinner Hosted by Ambassador Ryozo Kato

Thursday, February 2

Depart Washington, DC