Omuta City, Japan, formally became our Sister City in October 1994 when an invitation extended by our City Council was accepted by the Omuta (Japan) City Council.

The City of Omuta, Japan has a population of 140,491 which breaks down to:

64,576 males
75,915 females
56,730 families

Omuta is ranked as the 4th largest city in Fukuoka Prefecture (State). The city is 1200 kilometers from Tokyo.

Miike Port was opened as a coal-loading port in 1908. It is one of the only few ports in the world which is equipped with a lock gate. At present, it is designated as an import port by the national government because it is vital for distributing no only coal but also raw vegetables and products used in the central part of the Ariake region.

Industry & Economy

Although the coal industry in Omuta is facing a very severe situation, major enterprises are shifting its weight of production to the following areas: Urethane, high-technology items such as medicine, fine ceramics including silicon nitride and boron nitride, and rare metals. These efforts have achieved significant results.

Agriculture & Fishery

Omuta City has many special products from the agriculture and fishery industries because of its location facing the Ariake Sea and its mild climate. Some of the major products are not only sapid rice but also fresh tangerine oranges, kyoho grapes, and vegetables. As for marine products, nori (seaweed) and fish special to Omuta are produced.

Omuta City’s international exchanges began in 1981 when the city established friendly city relations with the City of DaTong in the People’s Republic of China.

The Greater Muskegon Area Sister Cities visited the city of Omuta in October 1995 with its delegation to finalize signing the Resolution.

Sister Cities International


Sister Cities International was initiated by President Dwight D. Eisenhower as the People to People program at a White House Conference in 1956. His idea was to involve people and organized groups in personal diplomacy as an effort to continue the peace.

In the first few years of the program, a dozen active affiliations were started, and it became clear that a new national organization devoted exclusively to the support of the Sister Cities program was needed.

In response, Sister Cities International (SCI) was established as a not-for-profit corporation to facilitate and serve as the official linking organization for U.S. cities. Currently, almost 1,000 U.S. cities have linked with over 1,500 cities in over 110 countries around the world. In Texas, 52 cities have sister cities.

The Sister City Difference

Sister city relationships are quite different from other international relationships for many reasons. They are:

  • Official linkages between municipalities, with signed friendship treaties, expressing a long-term commitment to develop strong relationships between the citizens of the U.S. and foreign cities.
  • The relationships accomplish their goals through the development of programs and exchanges in areas such as education, economic development, agriculture, medicine, sports, youth, etc.
  • The long term nature of the relationships allow cities to develop strong bonds of friendship which can serve as natural springboards for development of business and trade.
  • Part of the world-wide network (SCI) that is recognized and respected internationally. With the Sister City designation comes full diplomatic coverage and participation with foreign country and participation of all U.S. agencies dealing in foreign areas.
  • Provides the most comprehensive and rewarding programs for all citizens of our cities, while cities benefit from having people that become informed, interested, and promote their city.
  • The significance of and respect for these relationships paves a road to unequaled opportunities for cities with sister cities.

Come and join us.

Join the Sister Cities program by applying for membership now.

(Members will be eligible to take part in group tours and can participate in all activities of the Sister Cities program.)

Get your membership Application from:

Muskegon Area Sister Cities
Muskegon City Clerk
P.O. Box 536
Muskegon, MI 49443

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