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U.S., Japanese leaders discuss Misawa bilateral programs

Misawa City Mayor Kazumasa Taneichi, reviews plans for the Misawa Kids Center during the Community Relations Advisory Council meeting at the Misawa International Center, Japan, Feb. 5, 2019. The Misawa Kids Center, opening in April 2019, will help Misawa Air Base and Misawa City kids connect with each other. (U.S. Air Force photo by Branden Yamada)
The Misawa Kids Center, opening in April 2019, will help kids connect with others. (U.S. Air Force photo by Branden Yamada)

Misawa City Mayor Kazumasa Taneichi, reviews plans for the Misawa Kids Center during the Community Relations Advisory Council meeting at the Misawa International Center, Japan, Feb. 5, 2019. The Misawa Kids Center, opening in April 2019, will help Misawa Air Base and Misawa City kids connect with each other. (U.S. Air Force photo by Branden Yamada)

Japan Air Self-Defense Force Maj. Gen. Kenichi Samejima, the 3rd Air Wing commander, speaks on upcoming projects during the Community Relations Advisory Council meeting at the Misawa International Center, Japan, Feb. 5, 2019.  The 3rd Air Wing works on various bilateral programs together with U.S forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Branden Yamada)

Japan Air Self-Defense Force Maj. Gen. Kenichi Samejima, the 3rd Air Wing commander, speaks on upcoming projects during the Community Relations Advisory Council meeting at the Misawa International Center, Japan, Feb. 5, 2019. The 3rd Air Wing works on various bilateral programs together with U.S forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Branden Yamada)

Misawa council members and 35th Fighter Wing leadership listen during the annual Misawa Community Relations Advisory Council meeting at the Misawa International Center, Japan, Feb. 5, 2019.  The meeting members discussed programs that improve the community and bilateral relations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Branden Yamada)

Misawa council members and 35th Fighter Wing leadership listen during the annual Misawa Community Relations Advisory Council meeting at the Misawa International Center, Japan, Feb. 5, 2019. The meeting members discussed programs that improve the community and bilateral relations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Branden Yamada)

U.S. Air Force Col. Paul Kirmis, the 35th Fighter Wing vice commander, speaks with Japanese leaders during lunch after the annual Community Relations Advisory Council meeting at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Feb. 5, 2019.  The meeting discussed programs such as the English Camp and Misawa Kids Center that improve the community and bilateral relations by bringing Japanese and Americans together. (U.S. Air Force photo by Branden Yamada)

U.S. Air Force Col. Paul Kirmis, the 35th Fighter Wing vice commander, speaks with Japanese leaders during lunch after the annual Community Relations Advisory Council meeting at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Feb. 5, 2019. The meeting discussed programs such as the English Camp and Misawa Kids Center, which improve the community and bilateral relations by bringing Japanese and Americans together. (U.S. Air Force photo by Branden Yamada)

An official banner lines the back wall of the Community Relations Advisory Council meeting at the Misawa International Center, Japan, Feb. 5, 2019. The banner bears the flags of both the U.S. and Japan, indicating the strong unity of purpose among the two nations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Branden Yamada)

An official banner lines the back wall of the Community Relations Advisory Council meeting at the Misawa International Center, Japan, Feb. 5, 2019. The banner bears the flags of both the U.S. and Japan, indicating the strong unity of purpose among the two nations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Branden Yamada)

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan -- U.S. and Japanese military leaders from Misawa Air Base met with Misawa City officials during the annual Community Relations Advisory Council meeting on Feb. 5 at the Misawa International Center to discuss programs that will promote the community and build bilateral relations.

“It is important for all parties to discuss and trade perspectives in a welcoming environment,” explained Col. Paul Kirmis, the 35th Fighter Wing vice commander.

During the meeting, city officials noted several projects including the opening of the Misawa Kids Center, the continuation of an English camp for high school students and the establishment of an English Day for junior high school students, which represent continued efforts to grow relations among on and off-base communities.

The Misawa City Mayor, Kazumasa Taneichi, expressed his hopes of further blending the Japanese and American cultures.

“Our aim is for programs such as the Misawa Kids Center and English Camp to bring our communities closer together in harmony,” said Taneichi. “This will help our cultures to understand one another better and build improved relationships.”

City officials said the Misawa Kids Center will help kids connect with others and expect it to open in April 2019. The English Camp, slated for Aug. 5 to 7, is an English education program for high school students of the city and helps improve their English communication abilities. The English Day will resemble the English Camp program, but will be shorter and involve junior high school students instead. A portion of both of these events will be held on Misawa Air Base and will be hosted by Misawa Air Base personnel.

“We are grateful to live alongside neighbors who deeply care about us and the wonderful partnerships we’ve created,” said Kirmis.

The two communities have conducted the CRAC for five years, and the event continues to serve as a median to strengthen community relations.