Long Beach-Yokkaichi Sister City Association

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City of Long Beach, California

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City of Yokkaichi, Japan


The Long Beach-Yokkaichi Sister City Association Program began in 1963 in the spirit of President Eisenhower’s 1956 1963-09-24 - Mayors Wade & Hirata w-Dr. John Kashiwabara Photo“People to People” program.  Long Beach Mayor Edwin Wade, Yokkaichi Mayor Sukenori Hirata, The Port of Long Beach, Friends of Yokkaichi and numerous citizens in both countries, established the first and one of the most successful sister cities.

The Long Beach-Yokkaichi Sister City Association runs 4 annual programs:  Trio Cultural Exchange, Environmental Summit, Yokkaichi English Fellows and Physicians Exchange.  Click on the links to learn more.

READ ALL ABOUT Long Beach-Yokkaichi S2013 Kizuna Coverister City Association 50th Anniversary Celebration events that took place in in the cities of Yokkaichi and Long Beach in October & November 2013.

Yokkaichi City has published, “Kizuna, The Bonds Beyond the Ocean”, to commemorate the 50 Anniversary of the Long Beach-Yokkaichi Sister City association. This beautiful book begins in 1963 and chronicles the programs and events celebrated between our two cities.

Congratulations to Mayor Toshiyuki Tanaka and his dedicated, hardworking staff who worked for months compiling historical photos and documents to create this memorable book.  Click here to view “Kizuna”.

“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.”


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2015 September
2015 July
2015 January
2014 August
2014 February
2013 October
2013 June
2012 September
2012 January
2011 August

Our Four Programs


2011 tRIO

1 Teacher and 2 high school students visit the host city each year in late July.

In 2015 two students and a teacher from Long Beach left on July 22 for a 3-week cultural visit in Yokkaichi, Japan. Read about the 2015 Trio adventures in our newsletter.

This year In July 2016, a teacher and two high school students (16-17 years of age) will be visiting Long Beach.

2016 Trio from Yokkaichi, Japan
 Arrive in LAX:  July 22, 2016
Depart LAX:  August 9, 2016

We will need 6 Families to Host.
Are you able to open your homes to one of our trio members?

Each member of the Yokkaichi trio will spend about 10 days with one family and the final 10 days with another family.

1st Group Host Family Stay 7/22—7/30/16
2nd Group Host Family Stay  7/31—8/9/16

If you you are able to host or know a family who is interesting in hosting one of our trio members, please download the fillable Host Application Form.  Questions?  Contact:

Yoko Pusavat, Trio Committee Chair


2012 summit

Each summer 4 students and 1 chaperone from Long Beach go to the Yokkaichi Environmental Center to study environmental issues with students from Japan and China.  LEARN MORE.

2016 Environmental Summit
Travel Schedule
Depart LAX for Japan
Sun, July 31, 2016
Return to LAX
August 8, 2016*
*This date may be extended

2017 Application Forms will be available
the beginning of 2017.

Read about the 2015 Environmental Summit delegates in our newsletter.


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Each year Long Beach teachers or Cal State Long Beach graduates have the opportunity to serve two years in a paid position as assistant English language teachers at the elementary and middle school levels in Yokkaichi, Japan.  LEARN MORE.

Are You Interested in Assistant Teaching English in Yokkaichi, Japan?  LEARN MORE.

Applications for 2017 YEF positions
will be available the beginning of 2017.

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2006 Doctors

Each February doctors from Yokkaichi Hospital visit Long Beach to study medical issues at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center and other local hospitals.  LEARN MORE.

This successful program began in 2002 and 48 doctors, including RNs, have gained invaluable knowledge through this program.

Four doctors from Yokkaichi arrived on February 8 and were here for a few weeks.

Click here to see photos of the 2016 Doctors.

This is a public citizen’s committee and open to the members of the public interested in the goals and ideas of the association.

Read more on our JOIN US page or click here to download the MEMBERSHIP FORM.

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Yokkaichi City Board of Education


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Long Beach Sister Cities, Inc.

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