Kyodo News - U.S. lawmaker vows to forge closer ties with Japan in disaster relief

A U.S. congressman working on forging closer ties with Japan pledges to bolster his contribution to bilateral cooperation in such areas as disaster relief and nuclear power plant safety.

"Our earthquake and tsunami predictive technology can never be too good," Joaquin Castro, a leading member of the bipartisan U.S.-Japan Caucus, said during an interview with Kyodo News ahead of the fifth anniversary of the 2011 mega earthquake and tsunami that devastated northeastern Japan.

Castro Guest Column in Keidanren's November Monthly Newsletter

This year is a historic one for the United States and Japan. We marked the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War and the beginning of a lasting peace between our two nations. In the spring, I was pleased to welcome Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as the first Japanese Prime Minister to address a joint session of Congress. Though separated by a vast ocean, the United States and Japan remain close, critical allies and partners.

Texas Public Radio - Japan's Significant Investment In The U.S. And Texas: A Conversation With Congressman Joaquin Castro

San Antonio Congressman Joaquin Castro last month traveled to Japan to meet with Prime Minister Shinzō Abe and U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy regarding Japan’s investment in the U.S., and particularly in San Antonio and Texas. 

Boustany Welcomes Prime Minister Abe to Washington

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Charles W. Boustany, Jr., M.D., (R-South Louisiana) welcomed Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Washington ahead of the Prime Minister’s address to a joint session of Congress. Boustany serves as co-Chairman of the U.S.-Japan Caucus in the 114th Congress.

Boustany said: “I’m pleased to welcome Prime Minister Abe to Washington at a critical juncture in relations between our two countries on three major issues: trade negotiations, defense reforms, and liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports.

Roll Call - Engel and Castro: 70 Years Later – The Future of the U.S.-Japan Strategic Alliance

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will address a joint meeting of Congress — a first for a Japanese prime minister and a remarkable symbol of the strength of the relationship between the United States and Japan. Abe will speak to Congress from the very same place President Franklin Delano Roosevelt stood and asked Congress to declare war against Imperial Japan. This year marks 70 years since the end of World War II, and the prime minister’s speech is a testament to the U.S.-Japan relationship’s transformation since that time.