2021 Japanese Young Political Leaders Virtual Exchange

March 9–31, 2021

Nine young leaders from Japan are participated in a virtual program as part of the 2021 Japanese delegation of the US-Japan Young Political Leaders Exchange Program, which is co-sponsored by JCIE and the American Council for Young Political Leaders (ACYPL).

Their agenda included meetings hosted by government officials, policy experts, business representatives, and ACYPL alumni. Topics of discussion  included US-Japan relations in the aftermath of 2020 leadership changes, COVID-19 relief and public health initiatives, and how to reach across political divides.

This exchange was followed by a virtual exchange for American young political leaders in May, 2021.


KAIHEI HASHIGUCHI, Member, Kumamoto Prefectural Assembly (Liberal Democratic Party)

FUMIKO KINOSHITA, Member, Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly (Tokyoites First Party)

AKIHIRO NAKAMURA, Member, Sumida City Assembly (Constitutional Democratic Party)

MASAHIRO NAKAMURA, Diplomatic and Security Policy Specialist, Policy Research Council, Komeito Party Headquarters Office

YASUKO SHIMIZU, Member, Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly (Tokyoites First Party)

MAMI TAKAGI, Chief, Public Relations Headquarters, Liberal Democratic Party Headquarters Office

TSUYOSHI TSUKAMOTO, Member, Nagoya City Council (Constitutional Democratic Party)

TOMOYO YASUI, Member, Ishikawa Prefectural Assembly (Liberal Democratic Party

PURANIK YOGENDRA, Member, Edogawa City Council (Constitutional Democratic Party)

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