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Lansing and Japanese sister city celebrate 50 years of partnership

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Posted at 5:04 PM, Aug 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-26 17:04:19-04

LANSING, Mich. — Lansing Mayor Andy Schor and a delegation returned from Otsu, Japan, where he celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Lansing-Otsu Sister Cities relationship.

This visit was a follow-up to a visit to Lansing by a delegation from Otsu last March.

While Schor was there he signed a new Sister Cities relationship agreement re-affirming the commitment to a continued economic, cultural and educational partnership.

According to Schor, the Sister City relationships is very important to both communities.

The agreement was first formed five decades ago and has stayed strong ever since.

The goal of creating the Sisters-Cities relationship was to make both cities "world-class."

"This goal has never been more important given our increasingly global economy. As Mayor of Lansing, it's critical to ensure that
we are economically competitive, not only with our neighbors, but across the world. I'm proud to have been given the opportunity to advocate for, and promote the City of Lansing while in Japan,"
Schor said about this trip.

During his time there Schor met with a Japanese tea maker who is reportedly interested is distributing tea to the United States.

"Lansing's time is now, and we need to think globally as Lansing grows," Schor said. "I am hoping these important meetings will result in new investments in Lansing."

The trip was paid for by the delegation members that attended the trip.

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