The partnership between Frankfurt and Yokohama

1997 the City of Yokohama Frankfurt Representative Office has been established

2011, the year of 150 years of German-Japanese correspondence, Frankfurt and Yokohama embraced the opportunity to strike up friendship-ties. Aiming to the benefit of both partner cities, economy, climate change countermeasures and culture and fine arts creating cities became the three main fields of exchange and cooperation contributing to the development of both cities. In order to foster the interchange, the goal is to especially intensify the cooperation with young people. In this course the mayors of Yokohama and Frankfurt paid each other a visit to exchange ideas and tighten the bond with several activities such as visiting universities and high schools, holding economy seminars.

©Yokohama Economic Affairs Bureau

Even the younger generations are being involved in the exchange of the partner cities. During a high school student’s exchange, including a homestay, the students were able to get to know each other and their partner cities and to get in touch with the different cultures. An experience which sincerely broadened their horizon and won’t be forgotten.

2016 this partnership had its 5th anniversary that was merrily celebrated with both parties in the Frankfurt city hall’s prestigious emperor’s hall, named ‘Kaisersaal’,  -alongside with other German-Japanese exchange related anniversaries -,hosted by the City of Frankfurt.