On August 21st, 2013, JASCers were given the opportunity to have a dialogue with Senator John McCain. Senator McCain is the senior Senator from Arizona and serves on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The U.S. Naval Academy graduate and decorated war veteran is perhaps most well known for challenging President Barack Obama as the Republican nominee in the 2008 presidential election. Senator McCain was on a trip to multiple countries in Asia and offered to speak with JASC delegates in Tokyo before his press conference with Japanese media.
Senator McCain delivered prepared remarks to the JASC delegates (online here) and then took questions for over 30 minutes. Questions from JASCers ranged in topic from his personal motivation to pursue a career in politics to his thoughts on the U.S. as a moral leader in the world. Senator McCain encouraged JASCers to continue to become leaders and to strengthen the U.S.-Japan relationship which he believes is one of the most important alliances in the world.