Through the years activities of the Long Beach group with its sister city of Yokkaichi have included photo contests, golf tournaments, book donations, swimming meets, pen pal programs, business exchanges and many visits by various delegations.
In operation for more than 20 years is the successful Yokkaichi English Fellows program. It provides an opportunity for Long Beach teachers or Cal State Long Beach graduates to serve as assistant language teachers at the elementary and middle school level in Yokkaichi for two years.
Another successful program, the Doctors Program, coordinated by the Long Beach-Yokkaichi Sister City Association is the annual visit by physicians from the Yokkaichi Municipal Hospital. They come to Long Beach for about two weeks to observe medical procedures and technology at the Memorial and St. Mary Medical Centers.
In 2007 the Environmental Summit Program was launched when former Yokkaichi Mayor Tetsuo Inoue proposed that a delegation of Long Beach students travel to Yokkaichi to discuss environmental problems and solutions with students from Japan and China in cooperation with the Port of Long Beach and other environmental groups.
The sister cities of Long Beach and Yokkaichi know the importance of President Eisenhower’s wish to bring people of different cultures together and are continuing to fulfill our Mission Statement:
“To create rapport between the cities by exchanging cultural, civic and educational ideas and issues and to promote better understanding and friendship between the United States and Japan.”