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Saipan’s Apatang meets with Japan city mayor

MAYOR David M. Apatang led Saipan’s delegation in promoting the Marianas in Katori City, Japan last week.

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Katori City Mayor Ui Seiichi and Saipan Mayor David M. Apatang exchange gifts.
The Saipan delegation led by Mayor David M. Apatang at the Sawara town museum.
Mayor David M. Apatang and other members of the Saipan delegation at the Katori Shrine with Katori Priest Shingo Katori.  Contributed photos

The mayor met with Katori Mayor Ui Seiichi and other city officials to discuss a sister-city relationship between the two jurisdictions.

With Apatang were his special assistant Henry Hofschneider,the mayor’s student exchange program coordinator and Japanese translator Yuki Kishimoto, former Marianas Visitors Authority Managing Director Chris Concepcion, MVA- Japan country manager Takashi Ichikura, MVA community projects director Martin Duenas, and Masato Tezuka, Japanese Society of Northern Marianas president and Pacific Micronesia Tours Inc. general manager.

“It was our main goal to promote the CNMI,” Apatang said, adding that they also discussed technology exchange and agriculture.

Saipan farmers can learn from Katori whose agricultural products include peanuts and sweet potato, he added.

He said he invited the Katori mayor to visit Saipan in May next year to finalize the proposed sister-city relationship agreement.

In a separate interview, Masato Tezuka, who initiated the sister-city relationship proposal, said the Katori Shrine at Sugar King Park on Saipan is one of the significant landmarks of the Katori people on island.

“In the old map [during the Japanese administration of the NMI] there was even a place near Sugar King Park called Katori town,” he said.

Tezuka said their visit to Katori was set for November last year but it was postponed after Typhoon Yutu devastated Saipan in October.

He said Katori City officials are excited to visit Saipan.