Courtesy Call from a Delegation of the U.S. Congressional Study Group on Japan (Summary)
February 20, 2023
On February 20, commencing at 2:15 p.m. for approximately 25 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 summary of the courtesy call is as follows.
1. At the outset, Prime Minister Kishida welcomed the visit to Japan by the delegation of the U.S. Congressional Study Group on Japan. Referring to the delegation’s plan to visit Hiroshima, Prime Minister Kishida stated that it is truly meaningful for the delegation members to have a close look at the realities of atomic bombings.
2. Prime Minister Kishida also stressed the importance of strengthening the deterrence and response capabilities of the Japan-U.S. Alliance as the regional security environment becomes even more severe. In response, the participating delegation members expressed their desire to provide continued support for the efforts of the Japanese and U.S. governments to strengthen the Japan-U.S. Alliance.
3. The participants also exchanged views regarding regional affairs and other issues.
[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 sessions.
[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 14th term)
(2) Representative Larry Bucshon, United States Congressman (co-chair) (Republican–Indiana, currently serving his seventh term)
(3) Representative Ami Bera, United States Congressman (Democrat–California, currently serving his sixth term)
(4) Representative Ted Lieu, United States Congressman (Democrat–California, currently serving his fifth term)
(5) Representative Chrissy Houlahan, United States Congresswoman (Democrat–Pennsylvania, currently serving her third term)
(6) Representative Guy Reschenthaler, United States Congressman (Republican– Pennsylvania, currently serving his third term)
(7) Representative Kathy Manning, United States Congresswoman (Democrat–North Carolina, currently serving her second term)