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Hyogo Prefecture & Washington State

The Hyogo Business & Cultural Center works to promote and enhance the sister-state relationship between Washington State and Hyogo Prefecture as well as our shared sister cities. By working closely on shared government agendas and issues, we can simultaneously gain valuable insight and share key information to further strengthen our sister-state ties and advance the lives of our citizenry.

Washington
Sister-City Association Est.
Hyogo
Covington・コビントン
October 2015・2015年10月
Tatsuno・たつの市
Port Townsend・ポート・タウンゼンド
October 2002・2002年10月
Ichikawa・市川町
Chelan・シェラン
November 1996・1996年11月
Kato (Tojo)・加東市(東条町)
Sequim・スクイム
June 1993・1993年6月
Shiso (Yamasaki)・宍粟市(山崎町)
Kittitas County・キッティタス郡
April 1992・1992年4月
Sanda・三田市
Pullman・プルマン
November 1989・1989年11月
Kasai・加西市
Olympia・オリンピア
April 1980・1980年4月
Kato (Yashiro)・加東市(社町)
Walla Walla・ワラワラ
August 1972・1972年8月
Sasayama・篠山市
Kent・ケント
November 1969・1969年11月
Tamba (Kaibara)・丹波市(柏原町)
Renton・レントン
July 1969・1969年7月
Nishiwaki・西脇市
Spokane・スポケーン
September 1961・1961年9月
Nishinomiya・西宮市
Auburn・オーバーン
July 1968・1968年7月
Tamba (Kasuga)・丹波市(春日町)
Seattle・シアトル
October 1957・1957年10月
Kobe・神戸市
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The sister-city relationship established between Kobe and Seattle in 1957 was the very first in Washington. It was followed by the establishment of the sister-state relationship between Hyogo and Washington in 1963. Since then several other cities in Washington have established relationships with cities and towns in Hyogo.

Governor Inslee with students from Kato, Hyogo 

The following are examples of what kinds of events and collaborations are currently being done between each of the sister relationships.

Seattle - Kobe: high school student dispatches, jazz vocal exchanges, yacht club networking

 

Spokane - Nishinomiya: high/middle school student dispatches, educational seminars

 

Kent/Auburn - Tamba: high/middle school student exchanges, mutual visits

 

Renton - Nishiwaki: high/middle school student exchanges, mutual visits, Lion’s Club member visits

 

Olympia - Kato: 10-day summer youth exchange program

Six students from Auburn set to visit Tamba City in the summer