Iwaki City Exchange Relations
About Iwaki City
Iwaki City has formed four special exchange relationships with other cities - two international
and two domestical.
Friendship City: Fushun (China)
Through the common bond of coal, Iwaki formed a friendship city relationship with Fushun
in northeast China in April 1982. Both cities are continuing to develop closer ties in a variety
of fields including business, medicine, culture and education. Specifically, the Municipal
General Hospital, among others, brings trainees from Fushun to study in Iwaki.
Sister City: Townsville (Australia)
Based on similarities such as modern ports and reputable universities, Iwaki and Townsville
in Queensland, became sister cities in August 1991. Currently, mutual exchange is being
undertaken at a citizen level, mainly in the fields of education and culture.
Parent-Child City: Yurihonjo City (Akita Prefecture)
Iwaki City and Yurihonjo City (formerly Iwaki Town) formed a parent-child relationship in
August 1986 because of their historical connection - both places were once governed by the
Iwaki Clan. The relationship is a very close one, like that of a parent and child. The two cities
are constantly promoting exchange in the areas of culture and local products.
Brother City: Nobeoka City (Miyazaki Prefecture)
A brother city agreement was made with Nobeoka City in May 1997 on the basis of an
historical link - the Edo period feudal rulers of Iwaki, the Naito Clan, were transferred to
Nobeoka in 1747. Iwaki and Nobeoka currently enjoy exchanges in a wide range of fields
such as education, culture and industry.
If you would like to know more about these relationships or the types of exchange going on
please contact the City Exchange Division, Coordination and Citizenry Affairs Division, Iwaki
City Exchange Section, Division of Coordination and Citizenry Affairs
TEL : 0246-22-7415 FAX : 0246-22-7609 Email Enquiries