Guam – Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo recently returned to Washington from Tokyo where she participated in the 44th U.S.-Japan Legislative Exchange Program.
While in Tokyo, the Congresswoman met with several members of the National Diet of Japan, the lawmaking body of the Japanese government, to discuss issues related to national security and economic policy.
During her meetings, Congresswoman Bordallo raised issues relating to the military build-up and was reassured that the Japanese government is committed to carrying out the terms of the so-called “Guam International Agreement” signed by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former Japanese Foreign Minister Hirofumi Nakasone in February 2009.
The U.S.-Japan Legislative Exchange Program brings together U.S. Members of Congress and Japanese Diet members on a semi-annual basis for in-depth discussions on a broad range of political, economic, and security issues affecting U.S.-Japan bilateral relations. Congresswoman Bordallo was joined by Congressman James McDermott of Washington and Congressman James Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin for the two-day meeting.
In a release, Bordallo is quoted as saying that: “I recently met with several members of the Japanese Diet and other top Japanese government officials to discuss matters important to our countries and our bilateral relationship. During our meetings, we discussed the Guam military build-up where I received assurances that Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan and his government are working to resolve build-up related issues internally but that they are fully committed to the terms of the Guam International Agreement. I will continue to work with my colleagues in Congress and the Obama Administration to ensure that the military build-up is done right and that both governments continue to implement the terms of the Guam International Agreement.”