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.
The 2013 High School Student Ambassador Program application period is open!
Application deadline is Friday, May 24, 2012, Noon
All interviews will take place during the week of June 3rd.
For more details: 2013 Student Ambassador Program
Dear Members and Friends:
We thank you for your continued support of the San Francisco-Osaka Sister City
Association (SFOSCA). Our relationship with Osaka continues to prosper and
remains a vital one for the City and County of San Francisco.
The Annual General Meeting of members will be held on Friday, May 10,
2013, at Noon, at the offices of Morrison & Foerster (425 Market Street, 33rd Floor, San
Francisco). All members and friends are invited and encouraged to attend. An
optional obento lunch will be served at a minimal cost. Please also note that
this is the time to renew your membership. We would, therefore, appreciate
it if you could submit your annual dues with the RSVP form. SFOSCA depends
entirely upon members’ dues and contributions.
Mr. Hatsuro Aizawa's Contributions
1. Contribution to relationship between Japan and the United States
Since the San Francisco-Osaka Sister City Association's founding in
1964, Mr. Aizawa has served on the board of directors, facilitating past
visits by the Mayor of San Francisco to Osaka and joining the Association's
Executive Committee in welcoming the Mayor of Osaka to San Francisco.
He has supported grassroots exchange between San Francisco and Osaka
and has visited Osaka many times, including with a past mayoral
delegation, as part of efforts to strengthen relations between the sister cities.
2. Contribution to Japanese companies' expansion in the United States
Mr. Aizawa served on the board of directors at the Japanese Chamber
of Commerce of Northern California from 1961-2001 was involved in many
aspects of the organization, including its newsletters and annual gala. He
has also helped Japanese companies enter American and Northern
Californian markets, aiding their development with his abilities in Japanese.
3. Contribution to understanding of Japanese culture in the United States
Mr. Aizawa was appointed as a commissioner at the Asian Art
Museum in 1993 by then-Mayor Dianne Feinstein and served for 16 years.
He has worked to introduce Japanese art in the Bay Area, contributing to
the organization of Japan-themed exhibitions and acquisitions of Japanese
art for the Museum, which has the largest Asian art collection on the West
Coast. Mr. Aizawa has also contributed to interest in Japanese culture
through his service on the boards of various Japan-affiliated organizations
in San Francisco's Japantown.