On Wednesday, August 29th, 2018, Consul-General Fukushima, in collaboration with the Japan America Society of Houston (JASH), hosted an event celebrating the return of Houston’s 2018 Youth Ambassadors and the 35th Anniversary of the Houston-Chiba Sister City Youth Ambassador Program.
Alternating each year, Houston and Chiba send promising young exchange students abroad to deepen the cultural bonds between the two sister cities.
Consul-General Fukushima praised the strong continued support that makes this exchange possible and expressed his hope that these participants serve as a pillar for future bilateral relations, using their valuable international experience to deepen the mutual understanding between Japan and the United States.
President of JASH, Bill Weiland, and City of Houston Chief Development Officer, Andy Icken, spoke as well, extending their strong support and emphasizing the importance of youth exchange programs in creating and reinforcing collaborative international alliances.
The young ambassadors also received written accolades from Second Lady Karen Pence, who met in Japan with Chiba’s 2017 Youth Ambassadors earlier this year, and from Chiba Mayor Toshihito Kumagai, who welcomed Houston’s 2018 Ambassadors to his city in June.
This year, five Houston students traveled to Chiba City as youth ambassadors, staying with local host families and participating in cultural exchange at a grassroots level. These remarkable teenagers shared their adventures at the reception, speaking of their individual experiences and the hospitality they received.
An event honoring the return of Houston’s 2018 Youth Ambassadors and celebrating the 35th Anniversary of the Houston-Chiba Sister City Youth Ambassador Program (8/29)
September 8, 2018