As the Honorary Vice Chairwoman for Sister Cities International, Second Lady Karen Pence participated in a meeting and cultural presentation of the Youth Ambassador Exchange, a program through the Houston, Texas-Chiba Sister City Relationship. Mrs. Pence met with the Mayor of Chiba-city, Toshihito Kumagai, five middle school students from last year’s Youth Ambassador Exchange program, and the teacher who served as the chaperone for the exchange program.
The annual Houston-Chiba Sister City Youth Ambassador Program is considered to be one of the most important elements of the sister city relationship. In alternating years, middle school students, along with a chaperone, visit their counterpart’s city. The meeting opened with Mayor Kumagai offering greetings from Chiba-city, Japan and Mrs. Pence offering greetings from the United States.
The meeting included a presentation by the five Japanese students who participated in the Youth Ambassador Exchange program. Mrs. Pence learned about the students’ visit to Houston last year where they met with city officials, attended classes at a Houston middle school, and toured local sights. Through the stories shared, Mrs. Pence gained an understanding of what it is was like for the students to experience home and school life in a culture different from their own.
“The Houston, Texas-Chiba Sister City relationship is a 45-year relationship, bringing together cities and people to experience each other’s culture,” said Mrs. Karen Pence. “It was an honor and pleasure to visit with the Mayor, students, and their chaperone. This was a great opportunity to represent the United States and continue the cultural relationship between our country and Japan.”
After participation in the sister city presentation, Mrs. Pence visted the Hama-rikyu Gardens in Tokyo. She was joined by Mrs. Chikako Aso, wife of Japanese Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso. Together, they enjoyed the beautiful views of the gardens. Following the tour, the Second Lady met with Mrs. Akie Abe, wife of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
On Thursday, Mrs. Pence will visit the Airman and Family Readiness Center at Yokota Air Base where she will meet with military spouses.
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About Houston-Chiba Sister City Relationship
The Houston, Texas—Chiba City, Japan sister city relationship was established in 1972. The Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) invited to Japan a Houston delegation. The delegation approached the Japan Municipal League for International Friendship to ask about partnering with a Japanese city. Houston and Chiba City identified a number of shared interests and characteristics, for example, both are important port cities with strong industrial bases. After consideration and their respective municipal approvals, on October 24, 1972, the cities executed a sister-city agreement.
The official press release can be found here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/second-lady-karen-pences-visit-japan-shines-light-sister-city-relationship/
Save the date for the World Corporate Games to be held in Houston from November 16th to the 19th.
About the games from their website:
ABOUT THE GAMES
The Corporate Games is Unique, Incredibly
Powerful and Can Change People’s Lives.
For more than 25 years the Games have placed unlimited opportunities within everyone’s reach around the globe. Over 170 Games have been held in great cities around the world since then. The 1st World Corporate Games was held in San Francisco in 1988. This year Houston hosts the World Corporate games on November 16-19, 2017.
The Corporate Games are the world’s largest corporate multi-sport festivals open to everyone and to every size and kind of organization.
Teams, tiny or tremendous, include employees, colleagues, family and friends and over 20,000 unique organizations have been represented in the Games.
Many of the world’s most successful companies are keen supporters of the Games and its ideals. For example, Deloitte have entered more than 80 Games worldwide, Ernst & Young and IBM over 70 Games, KPMG and PWC over 60 Games. Each year, more and more companies are realizing how the Games can help them and their staff.
All sports, individual and team, are open equally to women and men with competition based on age. The Games encourages participation regardless of ability. The oldest competitor to date is 87.
Competitors wear the colors and logos of their organization and build confidence, loyalty and team spirit. Medals and Corporate Awards are presented to winning athletes and organizations.
The Celebrations, Parades and Parties are all integral components of the Games experience.
The Games has been honored by the patronage of hundreds of great leaders and ambassadors such as Nelson Mandela, Francois Mitterand, HRH Princess Anne and Sir Alex Ferguson.
Health and Fitness in the workplace, teambuilding and networking are obvious key benefits, as is the significant economic impact and exposure for the Hosting Cities.
Hundreds of sponsors have worked with the Games to create brand exposure, develop new business opportunities and meet new clients.
Every Games offers multiple benefits and unrivalled opportunities to Organizations, Cities, Participants, Licensees, Sponsors, Venues, Hotels, Restaurants, Students, Staff, Suppliers, Sports Federations and Organizing Committees, Officials, Charities, Business, and the Economy… the list goes on!
Saturday, November 18
Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston: MATCH
3400 Main St, Houston, TX 77002
6:00 PM 2017 SCH Annual Fall Concert
7:30 PM Performer/Audience Reception