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.

Voice of America - Optimism Over US-Japan Relations Ahead of Abe's Visit

There is optimism about strengthening relations between the U.S. and Japan days ahead of a state visit April 28 by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to the United States. This sentiment was on display after comments by a senior U.S. official in Washington and rare bipartisan support by some members of Congress.

“We are close partners on the world stage, fighting Ebola, mitigating the impact of climate change, countering violent extremism, eliminating the threat of ISIL and other groups that challenge us,” said Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

San Antonio Business Journal - Congressman Joaquin Castro leading U.S.-Japan Caucus in the House

U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, is helping to launch a new bipartisan caucus in the House of Representatives to promote relations between the United States and Japan.

Castro is co-leading the U.S.-Japan Caucus with U.S. Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif. The new caucus officially kicked off on March 24 and currently has 62 members.