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Sister Cities

Kochi City has been actively engaged in various sister city/friendship city programs since February 11, 1965 when it signed a sister city alliance with Fresno in California, U.S.A. Since then, the city alliance programs have grown to include Wuhu City in the People's Republic of China (a friendship city - April 19, 1985), Kitami City in Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan (a sister city - April 28, 1986), and most recently, Surabaya in East Java, Republic of Indonesia (a sister city - April 17, 1997).

Each of these city alliance programs has its own membership, and each is very active. The purpose of these relationships is to encourage growth, foster understanding, and develop friendships through cultural, educational, and personal exchanges. It's our concrete contribution to world peace.

Fresno, U.S.A.

Located in the center of California, Fresno CityFresno is a beautiful city of approximately 490,000 people. A sprawling and hard-working city, agriculture is its primary industry with cotton and grapes as its staples. In Fresno County, there are about 900km2 of cotton fields, and 650km2 of vineyards. Fresno produces roughly 3/4 of the raisins and 1/5 of the wine grapes in America. It has one of the largest wineries in the United States and the biggest raisin packing shed in the world. Fresno plays an important role in the industry and culture of the San Joaquin Valley and is a regional transportation hub.

Wuhu (Buko) City, People's Republic of China

Buko (Wuhu) CityWuhu City, a friendship city, is located at the confluence of the Chanchiang and the Ching'i rivers in the southeastern part of Anhui Province, People's Republic of China. Boasting a 2000 year history, Wuhu has a population as great as 2,290,000 people. It is a beautiful city blessed with a warm climate, abundant water, beautiful nature and gorgeous scenery.

It has come to be known as 'the country of fish and rice' due to its agricultural development, and recent years have also seen the advancement of automobile and electronics production. In addition, it is home to the textile, chemical, machinery, and shipbuilding industries. Many companies, both foreign and domestic, come to do business at this technological development zone. Wuhu is also a transportation hub at the junction of 5 railroads and 3 highways, with 10,000 ton class ships calling at its port.

Kitami City, Japan

Kitami CityKitami City lies at the center of the Okhotsk Region of eastern Hokkaido. Following municipal amalgamations with smaller towns and villages on March 5, 2006, its area expanded to reach the Okhotsk Sea, making it the largest city in Hokkaido and the 4th largest city in Japan. It is a beautiful city surrounded by nature with a population of about 130,000 people. It is known for being one of the sunniest cities in Japan where one can see the wide expanses of the 'Okhotsk Blue' skies.

Its fertile soil produces high quality crops such as onions, potatoes and beets, and its thriving fisheries boast the largest hauls of scallops in all of Japan. Its cool climate is well suited to the production of electronics and precision machinery, and many athletic teams from all over the country and representing every sport come to Kitami each summer for their training camps.

Kochi's ties to Kitami stretch back about 110 years when emigrants from Kochi's Hokkosha (Hokkaido Development Company) began farming and settling the area.

Surabaya, Republic of Indonesia

Surabaya CitySurabaya is the capital of East Java and the second largest city in Indonesia after Jakarta. It lies on the opposite side of the equator about 5,000km away from Kochi. With an area of 326km2, it is roughly the same size as Kochi City, but with 3,000,000 residents, its population is 8 times bigger.

Surrounded by rain forests, its average temperature is 27℃, and its average humidity is 80%. The dry season lasts from May to October, and the rainy season starts in November and ends in April.

Surabaya’s main products are rice and sugar cane. Its prawn aquacultures and plywood and timber industries provide products for export. Surabaya ships its products to the world market via Tanjung Perak Port, which is the second biggest international trading port in Indonesia.

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