Kitakyushu City

On April 16, 2014, 30 Friendship Blossoms dogwood trees were planted at Katsuyama Park in Kitakyushu City. The planting, held in celebration of Earth Day, was attended by the local government executives, including Mayor Kitahashi, as well as city officials involved in environmental and green initiatives. Representatives from the U.S. consulate in Fukuoka were represented as well, and in his remarks, Principal Officer Fedkiw described the deeply rooted friendship between the U.S. and Japan which has grown over the past 152  years.  Kitakyushu City is known as Kyushu’s industrial heartland and Fukuoka Prefecture’s second largest city. Kitakyushu has implemented a dramatic clean up of pollution from the local steel and manufacturing industries since the 1950s, and was the first city in Asia to be designated by the OECD as an Environmental Model City.  Four print and three broadcast outlets carried this first dogwood planting in Fukuoka prefecture, amplifying the message of the importance which the United States places on our enduring partnership.

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