1993年8月2日 − 姉妹都市提携調印式


An Introduction to the Yasu-cho/Clinton Township Sister City Program



An Introduction to the Sister City Program

Judy Archer, an Ottawa elementary school art teacher in Clinton Township Michigan decided that the Chippewa Valley School District should try to set up some sort of sister school program with a school in Japan. She approached the State government, currently involved in Sister State relations with Shiga Prefecture Japan. At about the same time Yasu-cho, in Shiga Prefecture, had been looking for a Sister City and approached the Prefectural government.
In 1991, Judy, her son, and Connie Sier, another elementary school teacher, joined the summer Michigan State Exchange Group to Japan and were hosted in Yasu. Judy took a strong liking to Yasu and approached the Yasu town officials, through Howard Rose, the CIR at the time, about establishing a sister school program. Unlike the States, the Japanese school system is directly controlled by the local government. Therefore, Yasu wanted to not only form a sister school relation but a sister city relationship.
An official group led by the Yasu Deputy Mayor and other officials visited Clinton Township in February of 1993 to discuss final arrangements for becoming "Sister Cities". In August of the same year a group from Clinton Township, headed by Supervisor Mark Kohl arrived in Yasu where the Sister City Agreement was signed and formalized. Since that time an exchange group visits Yasu or Clinton Township to deepen interchange. Base on these process, at new city (Yasu-City) will continue sort of sister school program with Clinton Township.




A Little About Clinton Township


"Located on 28.1 square miles of gently rolling land in south-central Macomb County, Clinton township's roots date back more than 200 years. It was settled as a missionary center by Moravian priests who travelled from Detroit along the Clinton River. These missionaries lived in a peaceful coexistence with a tribe of Chippewa Indians and established a trail along what is known today as Moravian Drive.
Clinton Township was formally organized as a General Law Township in 1827 but experienced numerous territorial boundary changes during the first half of this century. The community gained Charter status on April 3, 1989, however, thereby making further annexations much more difficult.
Primarily a residential suburb of Detroit, Clinton Township offers it citizens educational, cultural and recreational outlets. The community is home to more than 20 public schools representing five school districts, the Center Campus of Macomb County Community College and the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts.
Serving the residents' recreational needs is a high priority of the township. Presently, there are more than 24 recreational sites on more than 315 acres. Additionally, there are several county and state parks, such as Metropolitan Beach and Stony Creek Metro Parks. The Clinton River, which traverses through the township, also offers a wide variety of outdoor activities.
The Charter Township of Clinton has experienced considerable growth in commercial development throughout recent years. Nearly every residential area is situated within a short walking or driving distance from shopping and entertainment facilities. Medical and professional office development has occured in similarly rapid fashion. The industrial base has also experienced an increase, but to a lesser degree than the commerical base." (from Clinton Township Commemorative Poster)

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