HAWAII STATE LEGISLATURE ESTABLISHES
FRIENDSHIP ASSOCIATION WITH MEMBERS OF JAPANESE NATIONAL DIET
The Hawaii State Legislature has announced the establishment of the “Japan-Hawaii Legislators Friendship Association” with members of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) House of Councillors in Japan. The association was formed to build and strengthen relationships between Japan and Hawaii through discussions on a wide range of topics including economic, environmental and educational issues.
The House of Councillors is the upper house of the Japanese National Diet, equivalent to the United States Senate.
During a meeting this week with House Speaker Joseph M. Souki, Senate President Donna Mercado Kim, House Vice Speaker John Mizuno and House Majority Leader Scott Saiki, the Japanese delegation, led by Diet member Hiromi Yoshida, met to discuss common issues and ways to advance them collectively. The meeting concluded with an agreement to continue discussions focusing on renewable energy and educational exchanges.
The members of the Liberal Democratic Party, House of Councillors delegation include:
- Mr. Hiromi Yoshida, Association Chairperson
- Mr. Masaji Matsuyama, Association Chief Whip
- Ms. Aiko Shimajiri, Association Vice Chairperson
- Mr. Kenta Wakabayashi, Association Director General
- Mr. Iwao Horii, Association Deputy Director General