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.”



One of the highlights of the Long Beach-Yokkaichi Sister City Association is the Yokkaichi English Fellows (YEF) program. This very successful program provides an opportunity for LBUSD teachers or Cal State Long Beach graduates to serve for two years as assistant language teachers at the elementary and middle school levels in Yokkaichi, Japan.

This is an English immersion program for the students. Speaking Japanese is not required.

Selected teachers or new graduates will work at a paid position in the Yokkaichi School System for two years. A total of seven YEFs are at the school system each year and are replaced on a rotating basis so that the 2nd year YEFs may assist the new arrivals.



Read the newsletters written by David Hayter and designed by Victor Nguyen, YEFs now teaching  in Yokkaichi.  In creating the inaugural issue, says David, “This is the first issue of what we hope will be many newsletters to come. Our goal is to help spread information about living and working in Yokkaichi. On behalf of myself and the current YEFs, we thank you for reading and we hope that you enjoy it!”

Click on the links to read the YEF Newsletters:

Spring 2016
Summer 2016

Click here to view YEF Reunion Photos.


2017 YEF Christmas Card

2017 Yokkaichi Board of Education and Yokkaichi English Fellows


Yokkaichi Teach in Japan Overview and Application - 2018.pdf

Click here to read YEF Flyer

Welcome to Yokkaichi

Watch  “Welcome to Yokkaichi English Fellowship”, a 2012 video produced by past YEFs Bryan Duran and Mike Kushman.  The video shows what a YEF can expect in Yokkaichi.

David Hayter’s Blog

Check out current YEF David Hayter’s Blog to learn about “life as a YEF”.  Potential applicants and new hires can also contact David with questions or concerns.



View the 28 minute Broadcast on NHK World, Culture February 5, 2018  (Available until February 5, 2019

Yokkaichi: Bringing Back the Skies

On this journey, we visit Yokkaichi in northern Mie Prefecture, central Japan. This industrial city, with a population of just over 300,000, is home to Japan's first petrochemical complex. It's known as the place where air pollution from sulfurous acid gas emissions caused respiratory diseases, called "Yokkaichi asthma", in the 1960's. Thanks to sweeping environmental protection measures, the environment has been vastly cleaned up, and the petrochemical complex has become a source of tourism-especially its nighttime factory cruises. The city is also famous for its ceramic ware, called Banko-yaki. Some local studios offer pottery-making workshops. Visitors can also take in the tea fields that flank the city's edge and enjoy high-quality beverage in a cafe run by a tea-farming family. Journalist Alice Gordenker travels to Yokkaichi, a city that has recovered from air pollution.