The Salem-Kawagoe Sister Cities is dedicated to developing friendly and meaningful relations with Kawagoe City and also with Japan. This interchange between the two cities furthers international understanding at all levels on a long term basis. We sponsor international exchanges with Kawagoe for adults and schools, and promote educational programs that increase our community’s understanding of the Japanese culture.
When & Where We Meet
The Board of Directors meets at 5:00pm on the first Wednesday of most months, at CCTV:
575 Trade Street SE, Salem, OR 97301.
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On August 1, 1986, Salem Mayor Sue Miller and Kawagoe Mayor Kiichi Kawai signed official documents officially creating the Salem and Kawagoe Sister City relationship. In October of that year, Mayor Miller led the first Salem citizen delegation visit to Kawagoe City.
Salem and Kawagoe were not strangers before becoming Sister Cities. Willamette University and Tokyo International University (then the International College of Commerce) already had twenty years of experience as Sister Universities. They celebrated 50 years as Sister Universities in 2015.
Who "We" Are