The San Francisco-Osaka City Association helps build bridges of friendship and commerce between these two vital centers of culture and finances.
Its programs support individual and civic exchanges that foster better understanding and appreciation between citizens on both sides of the Pacific Ocean.
The Association was founded in 1957 under the leadership of Mayor George Christopher, and it is San Francisco's oldest sister city relationship. The Association celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2007 in many memorable way, including the San Francisco delegation led by Mayor Newsom to Osaka, visit by Mr. and Mrs. Takenaka of Takenaka Corporation to participate in Cherry Blossom Festival Grand Parade, and unveiling of Osaka Way in Japan Town during the visit of Osaka delegation led by Mayor Seki. We celebrated the 60th anniversary of the Association in 2017. The highlight was the San Francisco delegation trip to Osaka in November, which solidified the people-to-people friendship between the cities of Osaka and San Francisco.
The Association is administered by an Executive Committee. Board members and the administrative staff all volunteer their time and resources.
Mayor London Breed
Consul General Tomochika Uyama
Misako Maki Sack
Student Ambassador Program Chair
2018 Board of Directors
Mark Chandler - Mayor’s Office
Nobuko Saito Cleary
Miharu Furihata, Esq. - Squire Patton Boggs LLP
Maki Hoshino - Kintetsu
Karen Kai, Esq.
Kathleen Kimura, MBE
Emily Murase - San Francisco Dept. on the Status of Women
Michael Nerney - Port of San Francisco
John Noguchi - San Francisco Convention Facilities Dept.
Allen M. Okamoto - T. Okamoto & Co.
Yu Oku - Nippon Travel Agency
Jerry Ono - Union Bank
Paul Osaki - Japanese Cultural & Community Center
Taiki Ozawa - Japan Airlines Co., Ltd.
Thomas Radcliffe, Esq.
Misako Maki Sack - Morrison & Foerster
Steve Teraoka, Esq. - Teraoka & Partners
Kyoko Watanabe - DEFTA Partners
Betty Wong - Pacific Union
Tasha Yorozu, Esq. - Yorozu Law Group