Talks with Japanese and Costa Rica Ambassadors
Koyamada and Sister Cities International (SCI) Chairman Tim Quigley met with Japanese Ambassador to the U.S. Kenichiro Sasae, who is from Koyamada's hometown Okayama, to exchange productive dialogue about U.S.-Japan sister cities at the Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C.
U.S.-Japan sister cities has been the largest partnerships with amazingly 450 partnerships among over 2,000 partnerships in 145 countries that U.S. municipal governments have since its founding by the 34th U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956. Some of the oldest sister cities partnerships just celebrated their 61st anniversaries, including the third oldest Okayama-San Jose sister cities relationships.
As Board of Directors and Country representatives for Japan & East Asia of the SCI, Koyamada was looking forward to working with the Ambassador Sasae and the Japanese Embassy in D.C., U.S. Embassy Tokyo, cities, counties, prefectures, states, US-Japan related organizations and citizen diplomats for greater sister partnerships between two great nation.
During his short visit in D.C., he was also invited to attend the Ambassador’s luncheon for Costa Rica Ambassador Roman Macaya of Embassy of Costa Rica in Washington D.C., hosted by the SCI. Koyamada was pleased to learn so much about Costa Rica. Costa Rica has the largest American international students studying there among other Latin nations. Costa Rica includes an area what’s known as Blue Zones, an anthropological concept that describes the characteristic lifestyles and the environments of the world's longest-lived people. Okinawa is one of the Blue Zones. Probably good idea to have Blue Zones Sister Cities!!