April 28, 2015

Hirono, Ige To Attend White House Dinner With Japan’s Prime Minister

U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono and Hawaii Gov. David Ige will dine with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the White House tonight along with President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.

It’s part of a series of events scheduled in honor of Abe’s visit to the U.S. The prime minister will also address a joint meeting of Congress on Wednesday in which he will be escorted by Hirono to the House floor.

Both Hirono and Ige, who is of Okinawan descent, issued press releases about their attendance at Tuesday’s dinner, each saying it was an honor to be invited.

Hirono, who was born in Japan and is the first Asian-American woman elected to the U.S. Senate, also said it’s important to maintain a strong relationship with Japan as the U.S. moves to rebalance its efforts in the Asia-Pacific region.

“Japan is one of our closest allies and at a time when we have so much instability elsewhere in the world, it is important to maintain stability in the Asia-Pacific,” Hirono said in a statement.

Read the entire piece at: http://www.civilbeat.com/2015/04/hirono-ige-to-attend-white-house-dinner-with-japans-prime-minister/

By:  Nick Grube
Source: Civil Beat