Japanese delegation to visit Tauranga

By Staff reporter


A 10-person delegation from Tauranga's Japanese sister city, Hitachi, will be in Tauranga this week.

The group, led by Mayor Yoshinari, will be welcomed at a formal reception tomorrow.

A Tauranga City Council spokesperson said the purpose of the mayoral visit is to strengthen activities and initiatives between the two cities.

During the visit, Mayor Yoshinari and his delegation will meet with Tauranga City Mayor Stuart Crosby and elected members to discuss further opportunities to strengthen the relationship and to express his personal gratitude for the support given by the people of Tauranga to the people of Hitachi during the devastating earthquake in 2010.

On Thursday a sister city business forum with councillors and key Tauranga representatives will be held to plan sister city activities. They'll discuss education, economic development, tourism and cultural initiatives, the spokesperson said.

Mr Crosby will host Mr Yoshinari at a formal welcome dinner which will be attended by local businesses who export to Japan and other key organisations.

While visiting Tauranga between October 24-26, Mr Yoshinari, who has a keen interest in Maori culture, will experience a Maori welcome hosted by Hairini marae. 

On Friday, a Mayors' meeting will be followed by visits to a retirement village and Tauranga Intermediate School where he will meet some of the pupils who host students from Hitachi on a regular basis.

He is also set to meet export businesses and tour around Tauranga and Mount Maunganui.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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