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In late October, in partnership with the Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE), ACYPL welcomed a 6-member delegation from Japan for a 10-day exchange to Washington, DC and Orange County, California. The delegation represented three different political parties including the Democratic Party, Liberal Democratic Party, and the Komeito Party. In addition, the group was comprised of elected officials from both city and prefectural levels, as well as party appointees.
The delegation began their exchange in Washington, DC, where they had an opportunity to discuss recent environmental policy changes with officials from the Department of the Interior and the US immigration system with immigration lawyers at Squire, Patton and Boggs. They engaged in a lively debate with East Asian security expert Dr. Mike Mochizuki from the George Washington University. And, the delegation had the opportunity to meet with staff at the Democratic National Committee, the Embassy of Japan, and Japanese auto manufacturer Toyota.
After four full days in Washington, the delegation traveled to southern California to focus on municipal and county politics. While there, they were able to meet with the Orange County Board of Supervisors, discuss the groundbreaking use of artificial intelligence at Veritone Politics, and tour the Orange County Sanitation District and Groundwater Replenishment System facilities. The delegation also had the opportunity to have dinner with the Mayor of Huntington Beach, The Honorable Barbara Delgleize, lunch with representatives from the Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles, and tour the campus at the University of California – Irvine as well as discuss the changing nature and roles of higher education.
However, it was not all meetings for the Japanese delegation. While in Washington, they had the opportunity to tour the DC monuments and explore the Smithsonian museums. In California, the delegation was fortunate to visit to Universal Studios, Hollywood as well as the library of our 37th president, President Richard Nixon.
In sum, the delegation had an enriching experience during their exchange with both meetings and cultural activities. ACYPL looks forward to developing its’ partnership with the Japan Center for International Exchange, and continuing over 45 years of international exchanges with Japan.