Dinner with Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

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JETAADC Officers Meet With Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

On Saturday, October 16, four members of the JETAADC Executive Board and Committee Chairpersons participated in an informal, off the record dinner with former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and current LDP Party Shadow Cabinet Foreign Minister Itsunori Onodera.  The event, hosted by the Sunrock Institute and the Center for Professional Exchange (“CEPEX”), was attended by approximately thirty-five guests and took place at Tono Sushi in Woodley Park.  In attendance were many former JETs who have continued their involvement with Japan as participants of the Mansfield Scholarship Program, as Congressional staff members, and think tank representatives.

Mr. Abe and Mr. Onodera were visiting Washington, DC to meet with various U.S. governmental and non-governmental officials to discuss the current state of U.S.-Japan relations as well as related global political and economic issues.  The JETAADC representatives enjoyed candidly discussing their past experiences living and teaching in Japan and sought to impress upon Mr. Abe and Mr. Onodera the importance of the Japanese government’s continued support of the JET program in the future.

About the sponsors:

CEPEX is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to further strengthening U.S.-Japan relations and cultivating rising leaders who have experience and interest in Japan.

The Sunrock Institute is a Washington-based, private and independent institution that promotes and contributes to international development and understanding through macro and sector specific research, “Washington insider” monitoring, and global business consulting.