Delegates from Abbotsford’s Sister City in Fukagawa, Japan, are visiting Abbotsford this week to further strengthen the ties between the two sister cities.
The delegation includes representatives from the City of Fukagawa, the local Chamber of Commerce, Board of Education and Agricultural groups. The seven member delegation has spent the past week exploring educational, economic and tourism opportunities within Abbotsford; visiting the provincial Animal Health Centre and Research Facility, the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre, Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre as well as several agricultural facilities intending Mann Farms and Vanderpol Food Group and Rossdown Farms.
The Memorandum for the Twinning of Fukagawa City, Hokkaido, Japan, and the City of Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada, was signed in Abbotsford, on May 13, 1998, by Deputy Mayor Ohnishi and Mayor George Ferguson.
The purpose of the Memorandum was to agree to continue the relationship between the two cities, through deepened mutual understanding, exchange of friendship, and education in culture, economics, history, and other areas of mutual interest.
Fukagawa is a city located in Sorachi, Hokkaidō, Japan. As of 2008, the city has an estimated population of 24,448. The city was founded on May 1, 1963.