Mississauga celebrates 40 years of friendship with twin city Kariya, Japan

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Published July 6, 2021 at 3:06 pm

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Forty years of friendship will be celebrated this week with Mississauga’s anniversary of twinning with the city of Kariya, Japan.

To mark the occasion, tomorrow (July 7), a virtual celebration will be held to mark the milestone featuring the following special guests:

  • Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie
  • Kariya Mayor Takeshi Inagaki
  • Consul General of Japan in Toronto Sasayama Takuya
  • Ward 6 Mississauga Councillor and recipient of “Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays” award, Ron Starr
  • Former Mississauga Mayor, Hazel McCallion
  • Chairperson of Kariya City Council, Mr. Kohichi Toyama
  • Presidents of Mississauga and Kariya Friendship Associations

You can view live starting at 8 p.m. on the City of Mississauga’s YouTube Channel.

“We are honoured and excited to mark this momentous milestone with our sister city, Kariya, Japan. The twinning has brought our two countries closer together in so many ways,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “The cultural and economic opportunities brought to Mississauga through our twinning have helped us to become the thriving, global city we are today. We are proud to have a world-class city like Kariya as a sister city and I look forward to marking another 40 years of friendship.”

The celebration will also include a virtual gift exchange between the two cities as well as a musical performance by Mississauga artists Matt Zaddy and Heather Christine of River North.

Mississauga’s sister city friendship with Kariya provides unique cultural and educational exchange opportunities for students, businesses and City staff. This partnership also enhances the City’s global reputation and trade. Over 100 Japanese companies now contribute to Mississauga’s local economy.

While Mississauga hosts a Kariya Park, our twin honours us the same way in Japan with a Mississauga Park

(Photo: In 1981 Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion with Kariya counterpart Ichimatsu Miyata sign a formal agreement recognizing the partnership between the two cities)

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