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05/31/2008

An American who has greatly contributed to the Michigan-Shiga relations met Governor Kada

A Japanese American, who has greatly contributed to the Michigan-Shiga relations, paid a courtesy visit to Governor Kada on May 29. Lillian Kumata, a 85-year-old Michiganian, was involved in the establishment of exchange programs/projects between Michigan and Shiga, such as the Japan Center for Michigan Universities located in Hikone.

Kumata told Kada how the relationships between the two local governments were initiated and developed. Governor expressed her heartfelt appreciation for what Kumata has done, speaking  English off and on.

Governor also asked Kumata how local governments could cultivate international relations, while individuals have been able to go abroad easily. In response, Kumata said  local governments could aid exchange programs involving children like junior high school students who can hardly go abroad on their own.

(Biwako Broadcasting Co., May 29, 2008)

* The two governments will celebrate 40th anniversary of the sister state agreement this year.

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