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01/22/2012

Omihachiman and two other cities will sign an agreement on mutual disaster assistance

Omihachiman City Office announced on January 20 that Omihachiman, Minamisoma City of Fukushima Prefecture, and Obama City of Fukui Prefecture will sign an official agreement on mutual disaster assistance pledging to send rescue teams to each other’s cities in the event of a large natural disaster.

The signing ceremony will be held at Omihachiman Culture Hall on March 25, where mayors from the three cities sign the document, followed by a keynote speech made by Mayor Sakurai of Minamisoma and a panel discussion the two other mayors participate in.

With its specialists and relief goods dispatched to the damaged area, Omihachiman has been helping Minamisoma to recover from the recent catastrophic disaster. Obama, on the other hand, has a joint-project promoting food safety with Fujinomiya City of Shizuoka Prefecture, Omihachiman's sister city. This relationship led Omihachiman to initiate a relationship with Obama.

"If a disaster occurs, we will accept refugees. I highly value the spirit of mutual assistance," says Omihachiman Mayor Eisho Fujitani.

(Chunichi Shimbun, January 21, 2012)

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