Exchange with overseas cities

Itabashi City conducts exchange with various countries throughout the world, and promotes international exchange at the citizenry level.


 
 

Burlington City (Ontario, Canada)

Burlington became the sister city of Itabashi in May of 1989. It is an exceptionally orderly and safe city, located near Toronto and Niagara Falls, with a population of about 140,000 and one area of 188 square kilometers. In addition to 11 large botanical gardens, the city also boasts beautiful parks and various types of recreation facilities.
The Burlington Globalization Committee (a municipal volunteer organization) is the city’s liaison for the conducting of exchange at the citizenry level.

<Main content of exchange activities>
Citizenry tour dispatching, youth sports exchange, homestays, penpal and e-mail friend introductions, and the dispatching and reception of visiting citizens’ cultural, artistic, and other such groups.


 
 

Mongolian Ministry of Education (the current Ministry of Education, Culture, and Science,& Sports of Mongolia)

In April of 1992, Itabashi City provided Mongolia (which was suffering from a paper shortage at the time) with recycled paper notebooks and pencils. This exchange began with notebooks and pencils, and afterward developed into cultural exchange and human exchange. In order to develop this exchange even further, a “Cultural and Educational Exchange Pact” was formed with the Mongolian Ministry of Education (the current Ministry of Education, Culture, and Science,& Sports of Mongolia) in October of 1996.

<Main content of exchange activities>
Citizenry tour dispatching; the dispatching of visiting citizens’ cultural, artistic, and other such groups; ethnic dance and music performance conventions; scholarship systems


 
 

Beijing City, Shijingshan District (China)

Shijingshan District is located in the western part of the city of Beijing. It has a population of about 524,000 and an area of 86 square kilometers. Is named after the Shijing Hills located within the district. The district has a very long history running from the Xia and Shang Dynasties (21st century BCE ~ 11th century BCE) After receiving an introduction and recommendation from the city of Beijing, a statement of mutual agreement to a friendly and cooperative relationship was signed in October of 1997 in commemoration of 25 years of Sino-Japanese diplomatic relations.

<Main content of exchange activities>
Citizenry tour dispatching, Shinjingshan citizenry and Itabashi citizenry created works exposition, school exchange


 
 

Bologna City (Emilia-Romagna, Italy)

Bologna is the capital of the Emilia-Romagna administrative region located in the northern part of Italy. It functions as the gateway between northern and central Italy and since time immemorial it has been an important transportation point. It has a population of about 390,000, and an area of 140 square kilometers. It is famous for being the location of the University of Bologna, the oldest university in Europe. Ever since the holding of the 1st Bologna Illustrated Book Original Picture Exposition at the Municipal Fine Arts Museum in 1981, both Bologna and Itabashi have continuously engaged in mutual exchange activities. Every year since 1993, Itabashi has received donations of illustrated books from the Bologna Book Fair administrative office, and has held the “Bologna Book Fair in Itabashi” event. In July of 2005, a “Friendship Cities Exchange Pact” was formed.

<Main content of exchange activities>
Citizenry tour dispatching, Bologna illustrated book original picture exposition, Bologna Book Fair in Itabashi


 
 

Penang state, Malaysia

In September of 1994, an “Agreement of Friendship and Collaboration” between the Municipal Tropical Environment Plants Building and the Penang State Botanical Gardens” was signed.

<Main content of exchange activities>
Plants exchange operations, creation of Japanese gardens within the Penang Botanical Gardens