Long Beach-Yokkaichi Sister City Association

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“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.”



Beginning in 2002, under the direction of the late Dr. John Kashiwabara, the Association has taken part each February in an education program in which the Yokkaichi General Hospital selects practicing physicians to come to Long Beach and study Western medical techniques at Long Beach hospitals.

This successful program has seen over 50 Yokkaichi doctors and RNs From 2002 through 2015.

Below are the three physicians who were here in Long Beach for two weeks in March 2018.

Dr. Koji Mizutani, Cardiologist
Dr. Uta Hosokawa, Orthopedic Surgeon
Dr. Masato Shizuki, General and Transplant Surgeon


2018 Yokkaichi Doctors
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Long Beach Memorial Medical Center

2017 Yokkaichi Doctors Welcome Reception

2017 Drs and LBYSCA Group

2017 Doctors with LBYSCA Board Members

2018 Yokkaichi Doctors at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center
flank LB Memorial Medical Center liaison. Pictured left: Dr. James Wells, LBYSCA Doctors’ Program Committee Chair.