あさお慶一郎(衆議院議員 神奈川4区)

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Summary of Trip to the U.S.A by New Leadership of Your Party

2014年09月02日 (火)

Overview of the visit to Washington, D.C. July 21 to 23 July 21 (Monday)

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● Luncheon meeting with Mr. William Breer (former Minister of U.S. Embassy in Japan)

● Meeting with Mr. John Hamre ( President and CEO of CSIS)

● Meeting with Mr. Kenichiro Sasae (Ambassador of Japan to the U.S.A.)

● Evening party hosted by Mr. Glen S. Fukushima

Present: Mr. Michael Schiffer (Senior Advisor/Counselor、United States Senate)

Mr. Ira Shapiro(President, IRA SHAPIROGLOBALSTRATEGIES, LLC.)

Mr. Bruce Stokes (Director, Pew Research Center)

Mr. Glen Fukushima (Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress)

 

July 22 (Tuesday)

● Breakfast meeting with Mr. Kenneth Weinstein (resident and CEO of Hudson Institute)

● Meeting with Mr. Richard Armitage (Former Deputy Secretary of State)

● Luncheon meeting with Japanese business executives

● Meeting with Mr. Mark Takano (Congressman)

●Meeting with Mr. Adam Posen (Director of Peterson Institute for International Economics)

● Seminar at Brookings Institution

● Meeting with Mr. George Holding (Congressman)

● Meeting with Mr. Joseph Kennedy III (Congressman)

● Meeting with Mr. Dana Rohrabacher (Congressman)

 

July 23 (Wednesday)

● Breakfast with Mr. James Zumwalt (Deputy Assistant Secretary of State)

● Meeting with Mr. Richard Bush (Director, Brookings Institution’s Center for East Asia Policy Studies)

 

Exchanges of opinions on pressing global issues

The New leader, Secretary-General and Chairman of the Policy Research Council, representing the new leadership of Your Party, visited the U.S.A. from July 21 to 23, and exchanged views with congressmen, government officials and key members from various think tanks.

The main purpose of the trip was to demonstrate our enthusiastic international spirit and the young age of the Your Party leadership, despite being a major political party. At the same time, we wanted to prove that Your Party is keen to reform in Japan while exchanging opinions on pressing issues concerning global security and economy. We held all our meetings without the assistance of an interpreter, so the meetings were short but rich in their content.

 

Issues concerning security

The main points raised about security were as follows:

(1)     If Japan were to open talks with Russia about the return of the Northern Territories at this juncture with rising tensions in Ukraine following the downing of the Malaysian airliner, the conclusion of any new economic ties with Russia would possibly be in direct contradiction to the international sanctions currently on Russia. Therefore, international community may not agree to Putin’s autumn visit to Japan, if the current situation continues.

(2)     Regarding the debate over exercising the right to collective defense, we learned that in certain corners there are those who follow Korea’s wishes because of the particularly powerful political influence of Americans of Korean descent on the Democrat Party. I explained that we considered it unthinkable that Japan would act independently of the U.S.A. in the event the right to collective defense would be exercised, and therefore nothing detrimental would occur Korea, a U.S. ally.

(3)     With regard to matters not directly related to the right to collective defense, it was agreed that there was a need for Japan and the U.S. to collaborate in strengthening their maritime policing capabilities in the southern parts of the South China Sea.

 

Issues concerning the economy

With regard to economic issues, we received support from key members who, when we explained that Your Party’s policy is to improve the productivity of tertiary industries, said that this is “the real growth strategy.”

On the subject of the TPP, we were concerned that support for it is lukewarm in Congress. In the background is the fact that the Democratic Party has historically been close to trade unions, and many Democrats are skeptical about free trade even though their strong inclination not declare their position before the autumn mid-term elections. The sentiment in the Republican Party is that they do not see why they should support President Obama who has not been able to persuade even his own party.

We feel that if this situation continues then it will be even harder than is currently thought in Japan for the U.S. to approve the TPP in the House. We realized that Japan needs to hammer out positive policies, and we relayed to key members our counter policies for doing so.

 

We will present all sorts of policies to the government as we put to full use the results of the trip.

 

Keiichiro Asao

Member of the House of the Representatives

 

 

 

 

 

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