MASSAC Meeting 2/11/14 20th Anniversary Delegation Discussion

Hello Friends!

There will be a Maine-Aomori Sister-State Advisory Council (MASSAC) Meeting today from 4:00PM to 5:30PM in Room 417 Wishcamper Center on the University of Southern Maine Portland campus discussing the upcoming Aomori delegation this year.  All are welcome!  Free Parking is available in the parking garage next door.  The meeting minutes will be posted here shortly thereafter.

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Kittery-Tobu 20th Anniversary Exchange Celebration! April 26 – May 1st!

Hello Friends!

The town of Kittery, Maine and the Shapleigh school system will be celebrating their 20th Anniversary of exchange with Aomori by hosting a student exchange from the Rokunohe and Oirase regions in Aomori Prefecture, Japan from April 26 to May 1!  The picture below provides a simplified itinerary of events that are planned to take place!  If you would like to get involved with this upcoming celebration, with educational exchanges between Maine and Aomori, or with the Kittery-Tobu Exchange Program, please contact us at  You can find the Kittery-Tobu Exchange Program’s website here at

Thank you!

Kittery Exchange 2013

Ichiro Fujisaki Interview

The American Radio Show recently interviewed the former ambassador to the United States Ichiro Fujisaki! Spanning a variety of topics, Fujisaki-san discussed education, American politics, the US-Japan relationship, security issues for world leaders, March 11, 2011, and how to be a good diplomat.

Please go to the following two links to listen to the interview!
Part 1  and Part 2

Fujisaki Ichiro 

Skype Session with Aomori, Japan 1/28/13

Skype Session 1.28.13

On January 28, 2013, MASSAC had another Skype Meeting with our dear friends over in Aomori, Japan!  In this meeting, we discussed the two upcoming delegations this year — the Education/Arts & Culture delegation scheduled for mid-July and the Energy/Fisheries delegation scheduled for the Fall.  Our next Skype Meeting will be in late-March, where we will solidify the details for the upcoming July delegation.

More updates and details about this year’s trips are coming soon!

Friends of Aomori & Maine-Aomori Sister-State Advisory Council’s New Website!

Hello Everyone!

Welcome to the new website for MASSAC and Friends of Aomori!

Friends of Aomori and MASSAC are groups that specialize in facilitating and encouraging the educational, cultural, and business/trade relationships between the State of Maine and Aomori Prefecture, Japan!  Every other year, the State of Maine sends many delegates from various areas of arts, education, and business to Japan.  The years in-between the delegations, we host a delegation from Aomori in Maine.

We are currently planning two Maine delegations to go to Japan this year 2013! This summer, we will be sending an education and arts/culture delegation consisting of some very dedicated people from Maine.  In the fall, we will be sending representatives from Maine’s energy and fisheries industries, as well as researchers from Maine’s universities.

Next year, it will be the 20th year anniversary of the Maine-Aomori sister-state relationship!  We are very excited and honored to be hosting the Aomori delegation to Maine.  We cannot wait to celebrate the success of the Aomori-Maine relationship, which is very important to us.

More information on the 2013 and 2014 delegations will be coming soon!  Please check out our delegations page to view annual trip reports of delegations in the past!

The site is currently under development, but we will be fully up and running soon!  Please revisit us!