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Sendai (Japan)

Sendai Introduction - Sendai, as the capital of Miyagiken province, is the political, economic and cultural center of the northeast part of Japan. Having a population of 980.000 and an area of 788.05 square kilometers, Sendai is located along the Pacific Coast 300 kilometers north to Tokyo. Because Sendai belongs to marine climate, its average temperature per year is 11.9 centigrade and its annual precipitation is 1.204.5 millimeters. According to historical records, the city was founded officially in 1889. It had been the administrative center of the northeastern part of Japan since 1955. In 1989, 4, it was addressed as one of the 11 big cities by the Japanese government. In 1992, it was listed as the first city whose plan was designed separately in the northeast by the Japanese government.

The major industries in Sendai consist of food, beverage, tobacco, publishing and the manufacturing of petroleum products. Recently, the electric machinery industry has been developing very fast. In addition, the wholesale and retail industry also occupies the first position in the city. As for agriculture, the cultivation of rice is the major industry along with the subsidiary industry such as vegetables, flowers and animal husbandry. Among them, the production of vegetables takes the lead in the province as a whole.

Sendai has long been enjoying the prestige of "the capital of academic studies". It possesses 18 universities and two or three year's higher education universities with 47,000 students coming from both inside and outside the country.

The year 2002 saw the normalization of diplomatic relations between China and Japan. Depending on its advantages in the field of resources, science and technology and industry, Changchun took full advantage of this golden opportunity to expand its exchanges and cooperation with Sendi in such fields as economy, culture, sports and so on. With the joint efforts of both sides, the international airline from Changchun to Sendai was put into use on March 31.

The deputy mayor of Changchun city in charge of day-to-day business, Mr. Zhu Yejing led a delegation visited Sendai and other places of Japan on a tour of investigation and held a conference of a large scale for explaining investment in Changchun. More than 130 people attended the conference. These people were either from governmental institutions or trade entities including Sendai government, the northeast economic union of Japan, Sendai commerce and industry institute, Japan trade promotion institute,Sendai trade and information center and so on. This indubitably, will be of great importance to the cooperation of two sides in the fields of high and advanced technology such as education, tourism, trade, light and electricity technology.

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1980, 10, 27 Changchun and Sendai signed the contract on the establishment of sister cities.

1989, 4 Changchun delegation attended the long-distance relay race held in Sendai.

1989, 7 five working staff of Changchun Gas Company went to Sendai on a tour of investigation three of whom stayed in Japan to do research work for a period of 3 months after the investigation.

1989, 8 Changchun donated a stork to Sendai.

1989, 8 the mayor of Changchun, Shang Zhenling attended the International Sister City Mayor Conference held in Sendai.

1989, 9 Changchun acrobatic troupe had a public performance in Sendai.

1989, 11 three working staff of the Bama zoo of Sendai visited Changchun and donated animals.

1989, 12 Sendai sent a researcher to Changchun for a period of 9-month research work for the first time.

1990, 3 Changchun sports delegation took part in the second Sendai international halfway marathon tournament.

1990, 3 Sendai dispatched a researcher to Changchun to conduct research for a period of 9 months.

1990, 4 the office of foreign affairs of Changchun government sent staff to Sendai to do research work for a period of 6 months.

1990, 7 the delegation of Sendai Gas Company visited Changchun.

1990, 7 the delegation of Changchun waterway facilities visited Sendai.

1990, 10 the deputy mayor of Changchun, Zhang Mingyuan, led a delegation to visit Sendai.

1991, 4 the mayor of Changchun, Mi Fengjun received a letter of congratulation from the mayor of Sendai to his inauguration.

1991, 5 the office of foreign affairs of Changchun governemtn sent staff to Sendai on a tour of investigation.

1991, 5 the staff of the Travel Bureau of Jilin province visted Sendai.

1991, 5 the director of Changchun Gas Station led 7 technical personnel to Sendai for conducting research work.

1991, 8 the deputy general secretary of Changchun governemnt led a delegation to Sendai on a tour of investigation.

1992, 3 Changchun took part in the third Sendai international halfway marathon tournament.

1992, 4 Sendai received 4 technical printing workers from Changchun who did their research work in Sendai for a period of one year.

1992, 5 Changchun sent researchers to Sendai to conduct research work for a period of 3 months.

1992, 7 Sendai Gas Bureau visited Changchun Gas Company.

1992, 8 Sendai delegation visited Changchun and attended " 1992 Changchun Film Festival."

1992, 9 the head of the office of foreign affairs of Changchun government, Song Guifu led a delegation to visit Sendai.

1992, 10 the delegation of Changchun People's Representative Conference visited Sendai.

1992, 11 Changchun and Sendai jointly went in for the China-Japan Friendship Ping-pong Tournament.

1993, 3 Changchun sports delegation took part in the fourth Sendai International Halfway Marathon Tournament.

1993, 5 the delegation of Changchun Gas company went to Sendai on a tour of investigation.

1993, 7 Sendai Traffic Bureau visited Changchun.1993,8 Changchun construction committee organized a delegation to visit Sendai and donated 4 baboons to Sendai.

1993, 9 the delegation of Changchun Public Traffic Company visited Sendai on a tour of investigation.

1994, 1 the foreign affairs office of all Changchun city, counties and districts sent a delegation consisting of working staff to Sendai on a tour of investigation.

1994, 3 Changchun sports delegation took part in the 5th Sendai International Halfway Marathon Tournament.

1994, 5 Changchun sent researchers whom did research work on languages and administration to Sendai for a period of 9 months.

1994, 5 the delegation with the mayor of Changchun, Mi Fengjun as the head visited Sendai.

1994, 8 the delegation of Sendai for technical exchanges visited Changchun.

1994, 10 the general manager of Changchun Public Traffic Company led a delegation to visit Sendai.

1994, 11 the delegation of Japanese orphans who were left in China visited Sendai.

1995, 2 the vice director-general of Changchun foreign affairs office, Ren Tiefu visited Sendai.

1995, 3 Changchun sports delegation took part in the sixth Sendai International Halfway Marathon Tournament.

1995, 5 the Changchun foreign affairs office sent researchers who did research on languages and administration to Sendai for a period of 9 months.

1995, 5 the deputy mayor of Changchun, Yin Wenxian in charge of day to day business visited Sendai.

1995, 5 Changchun Gas Company went to Sendai for technical exchanges.

1995, 7 Sendai Traffic Bureau visited Changchun.

1995, 8 Sendai donated money to Changchun, which encountered unprecedented food in the past century.

1995, 9 the Sendai citizens who went to Beijing to attend the Fouth World Women Representative Conference Forum visited Changchun.

1995, 10 the bureau director of Changchun City Construction Bureau led a delegation to visit Sendai on a tour of investigating afforestation in Sendai.

1996, 2 the head of the division of the foreign affairs office, Bo Zhongtang visited Sendai.

1996, 3 the Changchun sports delegation took part in the seventh International Halfway Marathon Tournament.

1996, 8 140 people of the delegation of Sendai aiming at promoting friendship with Changchun took part in the football and cross-country race held in Changchun and attended the opening ceremony of China-Japan guild hall.

1996, 9 the delegation of Sendai citizen consisting of 38 people attended the Changchun Commerce Cup Cross-country Race.

1996, 12 Changchun attended Sendai's 11th international sister city's wall calendar exhibition.

1997, 4 the delegation of the Metal Research Institute of the northeast University of Japan visited Changchun.

1997, 4 the delegation of Japanese Northeast Medical Facilities association visited Changchun as a part of overseas voluntary activities, and donated medical facilities to Changchun.

1997, 5 Changchun sent researchers who did research on language and administration to Sendai.

1997, 6 the paintings of Sendai middle school and primary school students attended Changchun International Sister City's Children's Painting Exhibition.

1997, 7 the delegation with the deputy mayor of Changchun as the head visited Sendai and held the ceremony of donating money for Changchun China-Japan friendship guildhall.

1997, 7-9 the international Dream Exchange Fair held in Japan showed Changchun exhibition.

1977, 8 Changchun and Sendai jointly took part in the middle school students table tennis held in Beijing which was used to commerate the 25th anniversary of the normalization of the diplomatic relations between China and Japan.

1997, 10 Changchun Public Traffic Company sent staff to Sendai Traffic Bureau to do research work.

1998. 3 Changchun sports delegation took part in the 9th International Halfway Marathon Tournament.

1998, 4 Sendai Lichang Street middle school established friendly relationship with Jilin province experimental middle school.

1998, 8-9 the work of Japanese sculptor, Shan Qizheng was chosen to be exhibited in 98 Changchun International Sculpture exhibition and he came to Changchun to give a performance on the spot.

1998, 11 the delegation of Changchun construction Bureau visited Sendai on a tour of investigation.

1999, 2 Sendai sponsored "Changchun Wall Calendar Exhibition.

1999, 3 Changchun sports delegation took part in the 10th International Halfway Marathon Tournament.

1999, 4 invited by the Northeast Calligraphy Association and Japan-China Friendship Association, the delegation of Chinese calligraphers with Jin Zhonghao as the head visited the mayor of Sendai and attended the opening ceremony of Shanxi calligraphy exhibition.

1999, 7 the delegation of Changchun government with the mayor of Changchun, Li Shu as the head visited Sendai to negotiate the plan of mutual exchanges of the next year. Li Shu presented flowers to Lu Xun monument and planted a tree at the Sendai international center to commerate the visit.

1999, 7 Sendai donated books to the library of Changchun China-Japan Friendship GuildHall.

1999, 9 with the advent of the commeration of the 50th anniversary of the founding of the people's Republic of chian, Changchun received a congratulatory telegram from the mayor of Sendai and from the ambassador of Chinese embassy in Japan.

1999, 10, in order to publicize Japanese culture and promote friendly exchanges, the delegation of Sendai aiming at promoting friendship with Changchun visited Changchun and convened the second forum on economy. 2000.3 Changchun sports delegation took part in the International Halfway Marathon Tournament.

2000. 7. The Changchun people's representative conference established friendly relations with the parliament of Sendai.

2000, 10 the delegation of Sendai parliament, the delegation of Sendai citizens, the delegation of Sendai handicapped people association and the delegation of Sendai sports association visited Changchun.

2000, 10 in order to commerate the 20th anniversary of the establishemnt of the relationship of sister cities, the naming of Sendai Street and the highway race was held.

2001, 2 the delegation of Changchun children's Palace visited Sendai.

2001, 3 Changchun sports delegation took part in the International Halfway Marathon Tournament.

2001, 5 the head of the Changchun people's Representative Conference, Mi Fengjun led a delegation to visit the relative economic departments of Sendai.

2001, 6 the delegation of Sendai citizens aiming at promoting relationship visited Changchun.

2001, 8 the delegation of Sendai Japan-China Northeast Exchanges Promotion Association visited Changchun.

2001, 10 the delegaiton of Sendai Parliament visited Changchun.

2001, 11 the second Experimental Primary School of Changchun attended the forum on environment for children which was held in Sendai.

2001, 11 the mayor of chagnchun, Li Shu led a delegation to attend Sendai International Environment Conference and round-table conference of mayors. 2002.3,31 the air traffic from Changchun to Sendai was opened for the first time and the delegation of Changchun government visited Sendai on a tour of investigation and held a conference explaining investment in Changchun in Sendai and Tokyo.