This committee comprises participants drawn from the American and Japanese policy communities thought likely to directly participate in or influence U.S.-Japan relations at a political level. The committee addresses the full range of challenges and opportunities facing the U.S.-Japan relationship with the intent of deepening individual understanding of the issues and forging cooperative relationships between the participants—objectives that may benefit policymakers in both Washington and Tokyo for years to come. Consisting of four meetings over two years, the program’s first three meetings, in Montana (June 2010), Hawaii (January 2011), and Tokyo (June 2011), featured open and frank dialogue among participants resulting in targeted policy recommendations on matters of contemporary concern to both governments. The fourth and final meeting was in Washington, D.C. in September 2011.
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