is our belief that this agreement
will provide the two cities with a
close relationship, and together the
Cities of Dallas and Sendai will
play a pivotal role in promoting
cultural understanding, educational
exchange, and economic relations
between our two countries. We
also believe that the agreement
between the two cities will
contribute to an enduring
relationship between our two nations
. . .
[excerpt from International Friendship Cities Agreement, August 1997]
Dallas and Sendai became International Friendship Cities in August 1997, when Mayor Ron Kirk and Mayor Hajimu Fujii signed a formal agreement in Sendai. Located on the Pacific
Coast in the Tohoku region north of Tokyo, Sendai is a 400-year-old city with a population of more than one million people. The city is known for its excellent universities, a history of internationalism, the scenic beauty that surrounds it, and its annual Tanabata Festival held every August. Since 1997, an active series of exchange activities has taken place between the two cities. These activities are managed cooperatively by the Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth and
City of Dallas' Protocol Office.
Dallas and Sendai are working together to develop economic ties between the Tohoku region of Japan and the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. A series of trade missions has taken place under the auspices of the Local-to-Local Program, a three-year initiative funded by the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and implemented by the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO).
In an ongoing
exchange program, the two cities
take turns sending student
delegations in alternate years.
Students experience home life with
host families, visit local schools
and government officials, learn
about local history and culture, and
enjoy shopping, sightseeing, and
making new friends. In March
2009, ten high school students and
two chaperones from Sendai visited
Dallas, while in August of 2009, ten
high school students at two
chaperones from Dallas visited