International Twin Cities

Omuda in Japan

Release Time: 2017-01-09
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Omuda in Japan

                                            Provided by Hu Jinzhong

Datong was the first city to build international twin town links in Shanxi Province. Omuda in Japan was the first international twin town of Datong and is located in northwest Japan in the middle of Kyushu island. It is the fourth largest city in Fuluoka Prefecture and like Datong Omuda is also a city rich in coal resources. The first contact between these two cities dates back to 1978 when the Datong Coal Bureau (formal body of Datong Coal Mine Group) imported coal mining equipment from Mitsui Miike Machinery Co., Ltd. in Omuda. Datong and Omuda established a formal international twin city agreement in 1981. Since then Datong and Omuda have continue exchanges in the field of culture, sports, education, public health, animal, staff replacement, and preservation of the ancient city. Since 2004 outstanding achievements have been made in environmental protection and ecology. Around 40 experts and researchers from Datong went to Omuda for training in the field of environmental protection, ecology and environmental protection education. The friendship between Datong and Omuda has been strengthened through these exchanges. Due to the achievements made by the two cities, Datong was awarded a ' China Outstanding International Twin City Nomination Award ' by the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC). Omuda was awarded a 'City Promotion of Internationalization Award' by the Japanese Internal Affairs Minister in 2007.

Chinese Edited and English Translated by Datong Foreign and Overseas Chinese Affairs Office

                                                           English Revised By Adrian Frost (UK)


日本大牟田市

    大同是山西省最早缔结国际友城关系的城市。最早和大同缔结国际友城的是日本大牟田。大牟田市位于日本九州西北部,是福冈县第四大城市。最南端的一个工业城市。大牟田位于日本列岛九州的中部福冈县,是福冈县第四大城市。大同和大牟田的发展都起源于煤炭。两市的首次接触的契机始于1978年大同矿务局(同煤集团前身)从三井三池制作所进口采煤设备。1981年,两市正式缔结友好城市。自此两市在文化、体育、教育、医疗、动物交换、职员互派、古城保护等领域进行了广泛的交流合作。尤其是2004年以来,两市在环保、生态领域的交流取得显著的成果。大同市先后有40多名研修生前往大牟田市进行环保、生态及环保教育研修。通过这些交流活动推动了两市持续的友好关系。由于两市交流成果显著,大同市于2005年被全国友协授予“全国先进友好城市提名奖”,大牟田市于2007年被日本国内阁总务大臣授予“地方城市国际化成功奖”。


大同市政府外事侨务办公室编译

                                                                     Adrian Frost()英语审校



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