Temple University, Japan Campus (TUJ) welcomed the U.S. Congressional Study Group on Japan (CSGJ) for a U.S.–Japan town hall meeting on security cooperation and the U.S. presidential election on February 19. This town hall meeting was organized as part of their 3rd annual member study tour scheduled for February 13-20. TUJ, as the American university in Japan, served as host for the first-time CSGJ event that gathered students, faculty and staff from TUJ as well as from other Japanese universities. This meeting provided them with an opportunity for a grass roots exchange with the U.S. politicians.
Co-chaired by Congresswoman Diana DeGette and Congressman Billy Long, five other representatives took the rostrum as panelists to discuss two hot topics, security cooperation and the U.S. presidential election. Insightful and inspiring questions, issues and comments boosted candid interaction between the delegation and the floor. The session touched upon women’s participation in politics, the possibility of internship opportunities for election campaigning this summer, and the role of Okinawa in the U.S.–Japan alliance on collective defense. The participating universities other than TUJ included Showa Women’s University, Sophia University, Toyo University and the University of Tokyo.
The U.S. Congressional Study Group on Japan: The 2016 Member Delegation
- Congresswoman Diana DeGette (D-CO) – CSGJ Co-Chair
- Congressman Billy Long (R-MO) – CSGJ Co-Chair
- Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)
- Congressman Bob Dold (R-IL)
- Congressman Evan Jenkins (R-WV)
- Congressman Dennis Ross (R-FL)
- Congresswoman Niki Tsongas (D-MA)