Hokkaidö Prefecture, Japan’s second-largest island, and the state of Hawai‘i are now sister-states. The signing of the sister-state relationship by Hawai‘i Gov. David Ige and Hokkaidö Gov. Harumi Takahashi was held May 8 at the Hawai‘i State Art Museum.

According to the agreement, the two states will engage in business, cultural and educational exchanges that are mutually beneficial. Hokkaidö marks Hawai‘i’s fifth sister-state relationship with a Japanese prefecture. Preceding Hokkaidö were Fukuoka, Okinawa, Hiroshima and Ehime. Hawai‘i also has sister-state relationships in China, Indonesia, South Korea, Morocco, the Philippines and Portugal.

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