Outline of Alliances and Sister-city Ties
Our prefecture made alliances and sister-city ties with China's Shandong Province in 1982, South Korea's Gyeongsangnam-Do in 1987, and Spain's Navarra Province in November 2003. In recent years we have been working to create more practical exchanges in the fields of economy, tourism, environmental protection, and forestry with Shandong Province (population of roughly 90 million), which is famous for being the birthplace of Confucius and Mencius and the Yellow River Civilization.
We have also been working to deepen exchanges, particularly those between youngsters, and with regards to skills in the environmental field, education, and communication with Gyeongsangnam-Do in Korea (population of roughly 3 million) which faces the Tsushima Strait and has many tourism areas including relics of culture and natural beauty spots.
Navarra Province (population of roughly 600,000), with whom we have a close relationship full of history and culture starting with St. Francis Xavier, is located in the northern part of Spain, separated from France by the Pyrenees mountain range. In the past it had a thriving agricultural sector, but it also has a representative tourism industry. We are continuing with our cultural, educational, and economic based exchanges.
Exchanges with Overseas Yamaguchi Kenjinkai
There are 16 Overseas Yamaguchi Kenjinkai associations, which were set up by migrants of Yamaguchi Prefecture, in 9 countries around the world. In order to construct the Yamaguchi Kenjin Network, which aims to traverse regional boundaries and generations, we held the First Yamaguchi Kenjinkai World Grand Meeting in Yamaguchi City in October 2004. With the momentum from this, we are building a private network aimed at promoting overseas internationalization with the Overseas Kenjinkai, which are important partners for international exchanges.