Dear Members and Friends of San Francisco-Osaka Sister City Association:
Thank you for your continued support of the San Francisco-Osaka Sister City Association ("SFOSCA"). This year marks the 57th anniversary of this very special relationship and remains a vital one for the City and County of San Francisco.
The Annual General Meeting of members this year will be held on Wednesday, June 4, 2014, at 12 Noon in the Mayor’s Conference Room 201, City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco. All members and guests are invited and encouraged to attend. Consul General Masato Watanabe has kindly accepted our invitation to attend. Please note that this is the time of year to renew your membership. We would appreciate it if you could submit your annual dues with the RSVP form that can be found here: RSVP Form
Because of your continued support, we were able to sustain our Student Ambassador Program and once again sent two San Francisco high school students to Osaka last year. The selection committee led by Miho Armacost has just selected this year's Student Ambassadors who are anxiously waiting to leave on their life-changing journey to Osaka. We will share more information on the program during our meeting.
Annual General Meeting of Members for the year 2014 will be held on June 4 (Friday) at noon @ City Hall.
Details to follow.
Please mark your calendar!
Announcing the 2014 Student Ambassadors!
We are delighted to announce the Student Ambassadors of the San Francisco - Osaka Sister City Association for the year 2014.
Catherine Chang (12th), Lowell HS (she applied last year too!)
Candy Luo (12th), Galileo HS
Alternate: Elizabeth Law (12th), Abraham Lincoln HS
Cathy and Candy will be spending three weeks this summer in Osaka, Japan.
You can see all of our Student Ambassadors, past and present, here: Members of the Student Ambassador Program
We are so proud to inform you that our Co-Chair Kathleen Kimura received the Foreign Minister's Commendation for her 25 years of efforts and contributions in promoting an understanding of Japan in many different ways.
Her family, friends and supports were all there to share her joy at the conferment ceremony held on January 21, 2014, at the Resident of the Consul General of Japan in San Francisco.
The San Francisco - Osaka Sister City Association would like to make clear that the recent statement by Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto to justify the sex slavery system imposed by the Japanese military during World War II as a necessity of war in no way reflects the position of the Association, nor the spirit of the sister city relationship.
The San Francisco - Osaka sister city relationship was forged from the ashes of World War II as an historic effort to improve relations between the United States and Japan. Statements that justify controversial wartime abuses and devastating violence against women are damaging to international relations, and contrary to the mission of the Association. We urge proactive efforts by Mayor Hashimoto to address the negative impacts of his damaging statement.