“A thirteen member official delegation led by Maine First Lady Karen Baldacci visited Aomori as part of the pattern of alternate year exchanges between the two states. The November 6-12, 2005 visit focused on education and cultural exchanges, with the centerpiece exploration of a proposed Maine-Aomori illustrated children’s book.”
“Sixteen MASSAC delegates, representing a broad range of Maine artistic, cultural and educational organizations, participated in the 2007 delegation to Aomori Prefecture, Japan. They shared the hope of furthering the Maine-Aomori relationship and promoting projects related to their various fields of interest. The heart of the delegation’s work occurred in Aomori, between a sightseeing stop in Tokyo and a three day visit to Kyoto.
While in Aomori, the MASSAC delegation was joined by Maine’s Governor John Baldacci and members of his trade mission to Korea and Japan. At the conclusion of the official visit to Aomori, the MASSAC delegation, the First Lady Karen Baldacci and several member of the Governor’s mission enjoyed a two day tour of rural Aomori, including visits to several important cultural destinations, an overnight at a local hot spring, and an unforgettable evening of traditional dance and music in Hachinohe.”
“Fifteen MASSAC delegates with expertise in energy, fisheries and education and representing universities, government, non-profit organizations and business participated in the 2010 delegation to Aomori, Japan. They shared the hope of furthering the Maine-Aomori relationship and promoting projects related to their various fields of interest. The official visit arranged by the Aomori Prefectural government was followed by a two-day cultural tour of Aomori sponsored by the Aomori UNESCO Association.”
“A fourteen member delegation from Aomori Prefecture’s various sectors in government, energy, fisheries, and food industries and Aomori UNESCO came to Maine in 2011. The fisheries industry shared information regarding Aomori’s scallop industry with Maine aquaculture operators. Energy representatives from both Maine and Aomori agreed on several research agreements regarding sharing the technologies of the University of Maine’s offshore wind and tidal power programs.”