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Courtesy Call on Prime Minister KISHIDA Fumio by a Delegation of the U.S. Congressional Study Group on Japan

June 2, 2022

[Provisional translation]



On June 2, commencing at 9:00 a.m. for 30 minutes, Mr. KISHIDA Fumio, Prime Minister of Japan, received a courtesy call from a delegation of the United States Congressional Study Group on Japan (CSGJ). The overview is as follows.

1. Prime Minister Kishida welcomed the visit to Japan by the delegation of the U.S. Congressional Study Group on Japan, and, while touching on the outcome of President Biden's recent visit to Japan, stated his intent to further promote cooperation between Japan and the U.S. toward the strengthening of the Japan-U.S. Alliance and the realization of a "Free and Open Indo-Pacific" based on the Japan-U.S. Leaders’ Joint Statement.

2. Prime Minister Kishida also stated that it is important to urgently strengthen the deterrence and response capabilities of the Japan-U.S. Alliance amid the increasingly severe security environment in the region. Participants from the U.S Congress expressed their support for the efforts made by both governments to strengthen the Japan-U.S. Alliance.

3. The participants also exchanged views on Russia's aggression against Ukraine, regional affairs including those concerning China and North Korea, Japan-U.S. cooperation in areas including the regional economic order, and Japan-U.S. parliamentary exchange, among others.

[Reference 1] United States Congressional Study Group on Japan (CSGJ)

  • Established in 1993 to focus on Japan, the non-partisan U.S. Congressional group now consists of approximately 80 current members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.
  • The group promotes understanding of Japan in the U.S. Congress and builds personal connections between the U.S. Congress and Japan through holding various lectures and study groups.

[Reference 2] Members of the U.S. Congress who took part in the courtesy call

 (1) Representative Diana DeGette, United States Congresswoman (co-chair)(Democrat–Colorado, currently serving her 13th term)
 (2) Representative Larry Bucshon, United States Congressman (co-chair) (Republican–Indiana, currently serving his sixth term)
 (3) Representative Raul Ruiz, United States Congressman (Democrat–California, currently serving his fifth term)
 (4) Representative John Curtis, United States Congressman (Republican–Utah, currently serving his third term)
 (5) Representative Darren Soto, United States Congressman (Democrat–Florida, currently serving his third term)
 (6) Representative August Pfluger, United States Congressman (Republican–Texas, currently serving his first term)
 (7) Representative Deborah Ross, United States Congresswoman (Democrat–North Carolina, currently serving her first term)

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