Celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Chitose-Anchorage sister-city relationship

   On September 4, 2019, the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Chitose-Anchorage sister-city relationship was held in Chitose City, Japan. From Anchorage, a 15-member delegation led by Mayor Ethan Berkowitz took part in the celebration. Two members of the Anchorage Assembly – namely, Mr. Christopher Constant and Mr. Forrest Dunbar – were on the delegation. Mr. Sato, Head of the Consular Office of Japan in Anchorage, and Mrs. Sato also took part in the celebration as the guests of honor.
   The Mayor of Chitose, Mr. Kotaro Yamaguchi, and Mayor Berkowitz signed the Reaffirmation of the Sister Cities Affiliation between the Municipality of Anchorage and the City of Chitose in front of about 230 participants, and they promised to work together to deepen the friendship for the future. A short film showing the footsteps of the 50 years’ sister-city relationship was also screened on the occasion.
     At the celebration, Mayor Yamaguchi reaffirmed his resolve to deepen the ties and friendship between Chitose and Anchorage for the future. Mayor Berkowitz invited the citizens of Chitose to visit Anchorage, which, in his words, is located at the distance of only 3003 miles from Chitose, as close friends of the citizens of Anchorage. Mr. Sato expressed his sincere hope that the reciprocal student exchanges and other exchanges between Chitose and Anchorage will continue to grow and the Chitose-Anchorage friendship will thrive for more than 1,000 years to come as the word Chitose translates to “1,000 years”.