絆 Kizuna 5 Economic Seminar

The 絆 Kizuna 5 Economic Seminar will feature a special program on doing business in Japan’s Tohoku region. Akihiro Ohyama, Chairman of IRIS USA will be featured as a speaker. More information and speakers to be announced. The economic seminar is part of 絆 Kizuna 5: Voices of the Youth, the fifth phase of an ongoing project focused…

絆 Kizuna 5: Voices of the Youth Commemoration Ceremony

  To commemorate the 5th anniversary of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, the Osaka Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International is hosting a ceremony to remember the victims, celebrate the reconstruction of the Tohoku region and show continued support from the people of Chicago to those affected by the earthquake and tsunami. The ceremony will feature…

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Chicago Sister Cities International Welcomes New Co-Chairs

Recently, the Advisory Board of Chicago Sister Cities International approved a resolution to require each of our sister city committees to have two individuals serve as co-chairs. To this end, CSCI is honored to welcome five newly appointed co-chairs: Ruben Ocampo, Co-Chair of the Bogota Committee Annette Seaburg, Co-Chair of the Gothenburg Committee Adriana Escárcega,…

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Film Screening of the 113 Project as Part of 絆 Kizuna 5

From the creative team of the documentary Tohoku Tomo, an IDFA 2015 Finalist with over 30 domestic and international screenings to date, comes the 113 Project, a short film series inviting you to rediscover Tohoku through the eyes of young adults, local businesses, and other communities rebuilding their lives and working towards the future. Featuring…

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2015 Osaka-Chicago Social Services Exchange

From November 8 to 14, 2015 six interdisciplinary social service professionals from the metropolitan Chicago area engaged in a weeklong exchange with social services agencies in Osaka, Japan. While exploring the theme of this year’s exchange, “Working with Marginalized Populations,” the delegation from Chicago dialogued with Japanese professionals about their culture and best practices. Site…

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Sister City Committees Cheer on Runners at Bank of America Chicago Marathon

In celebration of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, the Gothenburg, Hamburg, Osaka, Paris and Vilnius Committees of Chicago Sister Cities International joined with international organizations and foreign consulates to cheer on and celebrate international runners at points along the marathon route on Sunday, October 11, 2015. The Birmingham, Gothenburg, Hamburg, Mexico City and Paris…

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Osaka Committee Supports Japanese Speech Contest Winner’s Trip to Japan

Each year, the Osaka Committee  of Chicago Sister Cities International sponsors a trip for the winner of the Annual Japanese Language Speech Contest in Chicago to our sister city of Osaka. The recipient travels to Osaka as a kakehashi or “bridge” between the two sister cities, building friendship and mutual understanding. The 2015 winner, University of Chicago…

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Yoko Noge-Dean Selected as the 2014 CSCI Volunteer of the Year

Please join us in congratulating Yoko Noge-Dean, Chair of the Osaka Committee of CSCI for being selected as the 2014 Chicago Sister Cities International Volunteer of the Year. Yoko was selected for showing leadership, talent, passion, enthusiasm and tenacity in promoting the work of CSCI locally and abroad. Yoko was selected by the Advisory Board…

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Yoko Noge Dean Receives Foreign Minister’s Commendation

Chair of the Osaka Committee of CSCI, Yoko Noge Dean, is one of the individuals to receive the Foreign Minister’s Commendations for 2014, given by Japan Foreign Minister, Fumio Kishida. She received the commendation for her work in promoting mutual understanding between Japan and the US. This year, the Commendation was awarded to 108 individuals…

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Chicago-Osaka Social Services Exchange

On November 9, a delegation of Chicago social service professionals will be traveling to Osaka, Japan for a week-long exchange as part of CSCI’s ongoing social services exchanges. Ten interdisciplinary social service professionals from the metropolitan Chicago area will visit sites and dialogue with Japanese professionals about their culture and best practices in social services….

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International Cheering Stations at Bank of America Chicago Marathon Route

In celebration of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, various Chicago Sister Cities International committees join with international organizations and foreign consulates to cheer on and celebrate international runners at points along the marathon route on Sunday, October 13. Stations will have signs in foreign languages, flags and other activities. View Chicago Marathon Cheering Stations…

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2013 Osaka, Japan Social Service Exchange Program

Chicago Sister Cities International (CSCI) is committed to promoting Chicago as a global city, developing international partnerships and networks, and sharing best practices on a city-to-city basis with its 28 sister cities, including Osaka, Japan, with whom we have shared a sister city relationship for 40 years. CSCI strives to develop and expand community, education…