Sister City History

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 April 2019 13:00

Ties endure

Pullman Mayor Glenn A. Johnson and Kasai City Mayor Kazuhira Nishimura renewed the friendship affliation between the two cities during a face-to-face meeting in Pullman City Hall on February 6, 2014. The visit also commemorated the 25th anniversary of the sister-city relationship. Mayor Glenn A. Johnson reciprocated the hand of friendship by accepting an invitation to visit Kasai on the occasion of the 1,300th anniversary celebration of the "Harima-no-kuni Fudoki" in May 2015.

Former Pullman Mayor Carole Helm was instrumental in establishing a sister-city relationship with Kasai City of Hyogo prefecture, Japan in November 1989. Kasai City and the City of Pullman were matched because of the many similarities between the agricultural university communities. During the intervening years of the sister-city relationship, both cities have worked hard to establish exchange programs, initially among business owners and more recently for their students.  The years of friendship between our cities have been marked by goodwill delegations numbering more than 300 people over the years.

Over the years, numerous Pullman host families established enduring international friendships while housing, providing transportation and sharing meals with their Japanese exchange guests. In addition to time with their host families, the Kasai delegates toured city government services, Washington State University, Pullman Schools and other points of interest. Pullman businesses were generous with token gifts to send home with each guest.

For many years, Pullman and Kasai City alternated sending a chaperoned junior and senior high school delegation to visit. The last trip of Pullman youth ambassadors was during spring break 2007, when the group experienced a cultural exchange in Japan. The most recent Japanese youth delegation visited Pullman in March 23-28, 2019, spending time with host families and at Lincoln Middle School. That was the third youth delegation to visit since 2008.

Japan is divided into 47 prefectures which are administrative units of Japanese government comparable to our states. Hyogo prefecture and Washington state established their sister relationship in October 1963 to work closely on shared government agendas and issues and simultaneously to gain valuable insight and share key information to further strengthen international ties. The Pacific Northwest has active ties to Japan through the sister cities program, business and trade organizations and the Office of the Japanese Consulate in Seattle. 

Kasai City Web site

Mayor of Kasai Kazuhira NishimuraKasai Mayor Kazuhira Nishimura