The SPNSCC creates opportunities for understanding and exchanges, in the U.S. and Japan through our sister city affiliation with Nagasaki.
The St. Paul Nagasaki Sister City Committee (SPNSCC) was incorporated on December 7, 1955, by Louis Hill, Jr. St. Paul was the first American city to form a sister-city affiliation with a city in Asia.
The Sister Cities Program was founded by President Eisenhower in 1956 to promote understanding- friendship, peace and global harmony – by creating opportunities for Americans to work with and learn about people of other cultures. The SPNSCC is one of the oldest and most successful of these programs.
The SPNSCC works to establish new links and provides support for programs involving St. Paul and Nagasaki. It supports both official mayoral visits between Nagasaki and St. Paul as well as citizen to citizen homestays.
The SPNSCC participates annually in the August Japanese Lantern Lighting Festival, which showcases the Como Ordway Memorial Japanese Garden and traditional foods, crafts, martial arts, song and dance.
The SPNSCC supports cultural exchanges such as that between the St. Paul Civic Symphony and the Nagasaki Symphony Orchestra, and the Girl Scounts of Nagasaki and Girl Scouts of New Brighton.