United Kingdom

Sister (Friendship) City Affiliations

United Kingdom

Updated December 2018 

Municipality
Prefecture
UK Partner
UK Area
Partnership Date
Details of the link
Murata TownMiyagi Buckley Town CouncilFlintshire21 April 1989Flintshire and North Wales’ links with Japan
Kawasaki CityKanagawaSheffield City CouncilSouth Yorkshire30 July 1990Kawasaki look to Sheffield for Tokyo 2020 Games Legacy
Komatsu CityIshikawa Gateshead CouncilTyne and Wear 2 August 1991Gateshead Council webpage on links with Komatsu City
Otari Village Nagano Ottery St Mary Town CouncilDevon4 May 1992Article on 25th anniversary of twinning link
Beppu CityOita Bath and North East Somerset CouncilSomerset31 October 1994Bath and Beppu Friendship Association
Kyoto Prefectural GovernmentCity of Edinburgh Council29 August 1997Details of the Japanese Friendship garden, gifted by the prefecture of Kyoto to Edinburgh
Maizuru CityKyoto Portsmouth City CouncilHampshire 27 May 1998Portsmouth City Council twinning page
Yokosuka CityKanagawa Medway CouncilKent26 August 1998Medway is proud of its links with Japan
Yoichi TownHokkaidoEast Dunbartonshire Council12 October 1998Article about Rita Cowen, on whom the link is based
Toyota CityAichiDerbyshire County Council, Derby City Council, South Derbyshire District CouncilDerbyshire16 November 1998 Derbyshire CC information on the link with Toyota
Ito CityShizuoka PrefectureMedway CouncilKent9 April 1999Annual Gillingham 'Will Adams Festival', celebrating Japan links and the 'Blue Eyed Samurai'
Hakusan CityIshikawa Boston Borough CouncilLincolnshire 24 May 2002 Hakusan City Exchange on Boston Council website
Nagasaki City NagasakiAberdeen City Council2010Visit to Aberdeen by Mayor of Nagasaki in 2016
Mashiko TownTochigi St Ives Town CouncilCornwall20 September 2012St Ives and Mashiko sign declaration of friendship
Tokyo Metropolitan GovernmentGreater London AuthorityGreater London14 October 2015Sister Cities Agreement
Kagoshima Prefectural GovernmentLondon Borough of CamdenGreater London18 July 2018Friendship Agreement ceremony and exchange
Kagoshima Prefectural GovernmentManchester City CouncilGreater Manchester19 July 2018Friendship Agreement

Other partnerships
Municipality
Prefecture
UK Partner
UK Area
Details of the link
Chiyoda WardTokyo Metropolitan GovernmentCity of WestminsterGreater LondonJapanese Exchange Programme for school links and annual visits
Chiyoda Ward (Marunouchi)Tokyo Metropolitan Government New West End Company BID (City of Westminster)Greater London Article on Shopping District Twinning
Kobe CityHyogoAberdeen City CouncilAberdeenArticle on Statement of Intent signing
Motomiya CityFukushimaRoyal Borough of Kensington and ChelseaGreater LondonSister Garden Memorandum of Friendship
Motomiya CityFukushimaBritish Olympic Associationn/aSchools cooperation MOU
Shinshiro CityAichiNewcastle upon TyneTyne and WearShinshiro is the Japanese member of the Newcastles of the World Alliance
Tokyo Metropolitan GovernmentTokyo Metropolitan Government City of London Greater LondonFinancial Services Cooperation MoU
Himeji CityHyogoConwy Town CouncilConwyArticle on Sister Castles MOU