May 3, 2016
On April 11, 2016, APU and Kesennuma City concluded a friendship agreement. This agreement was a signed in a ceremony at Kesennuma City Hall with the two-fold aim of contributing to the sustainable development of the region through mutual exchange and cultivating individuals ready and willing to participate in the global community. Kesennuma is a coastal community in Miyagi Prefecture, and was one of the areas devastated by the March 2011 earthquakes and tsunami (http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e5036.html).
At the ceremony, President KORENAGA Shun remarked, “Kesennuma and APU share an openness to the world and a can-do spirit. I hope we can take advantage of these shared traits when we engage in exchange.” In his address, Mayor of Kesennuma SUGAWARA Shigeru said, “I look forward to exchange that develops the global perspectives of all of our citizens, especially the children.”
This agreement was the result of people from both sides deepening of mutual ties. Last August, faculty, staff, and students from APU visited Kesennuma City to conduct research on post-disaster reconstruction, and a delegation from Kesennuma City visited Beppu in January of this year.
In the future, APU plans to send students for internships in Kesennuma City, where they will learn how the city has striven to recover from the Great East Japan Earthquake.