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Dallas-Sendai International Friendship Cities

"... 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...[and] will contribute to an enduring relationship between our two nations..."
-Excerpt from International Friendship Cities Agreement, August 1997

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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.

Young Ambassadors
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 2013, nine high school students and two chaperones from Sendai visited Dallas, while in July of 2014, nine high school students at two chaperones from Dallas visited Sendai. In 2015, 6 high school students and 1 chaperone from Sendai visited Dallas. In 2016, 6 high school students and 1 chaperone form Dallas visited Sendai.

Sports Exchange
Since 1996, Sendai has invited Dallas to send a team of runners to participate in the Annual Sendai International Half Marathon. The purpose of the event is to promote international friendship and exchange through sports. Sendai and Dallas have been International Friendship Cities since August of 1997.

Business Exchange
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). 

Adult Study Groups
Adult study groups with a variety of special interests help to strengthen grassroots ties between Dallas and Sendai. Special delegations have included people with disabilities, teachers from Miyagi prefecture, senior citizens, and a group from the Sendai International Relations Association studying volunteerism and nonprofit organizations in Dallas. 

JASDFW Gift to Sendai
Dallas artist Eliseo Garcia has created an original sculpture out of Texas limestone to be given to the city of Sendai in August to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Dallas-Sendai International Friendship Cities relationship. Photos of his progress and the finished piece

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