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Saipan mayor’s office mulls sister-city ties with Katori

SAIPAN Mayor David M. Apatang on Friday said he is considering establishing a sister-city relationship with Katori City, Shiba Prefecture, Japan.

The mayor recently met with a priest associated with the Katori Shrine group which will host the annual autumn festival at  Sugar King Park on Oct. 27. The priest and other members of the delegation were accompanied by Tasi Tours president Masato Tezuka.

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Saipan Mayor David M. Apatang poses with the Shinto Katori delegation and Tasi Tours president Masato Tezuka.  Contributed photo

The meeting was productive and fruitful, the mayor said, adding that they discussed the upcoming preparations for the festival and the sister-city agreement.

The mayor’s office, he added,  regularly maintains the Katori Shrine at Sugar King Park. “We’re always there to support them,” he added.

His office is also seeking sister-city ties with Tokyo prefecture, he said.

These sister-city agreements will not only help revive the Japanese tourism market but boost the student-exchange program as well, Apatang said.