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Washington D.C.—Congressman Eliot L. Engel issued the following statement:
The United States-Japan relationship is one of incredible strength and promise. Strength to do wonderful things: to promote democracy, to protect human rights, and to ensure security for ourselves and for our allies around the world.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is making plans to visit the United States later this month. His visit will come at a time when relations between the two countries are strong and growing stronger.
A high-level State Department official agrees that the U.S. and Japanese governments hold similar positions on many issues.
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.
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.