09 ⁄ 2018

SSCA invites the Startup World Cup to Iizuka, where ten Kyushu companies deliver presentations. Two companies advance to the Japanese finals in October.

09 ⁄ 2018

Six Sunnyvale students attend the SCCA's fourth robot programming class, where they study the RUBY programming language.

09 ⁄ 2018

SSCA's photo booth at Sunnyvale's State of City event draws attention with Pokemon costumes.

06 ⁄ 2018

Twenty Sunnyvale HS/MS students visit Iizuka, and spend three days attending school in Iizuka

06 ⁄ 2018

SSSCA manages a booth at the the Art and Wine Festival in downtown Sunnyvale

05 ⁄ 2018

SSCA manages a booth at the the Hands on the Arts Festival at the Sunnyvale Community Center

03 ⁄ 2018

Thirteen Sunnyvale students attend the robot programming class where they build and program robot cars

01 ⁄ 2018

Two elementary teachers from Iizuka did home-stays with elementary school teachers in Sunnyvale. They toured Sunnyvale elementary schools to observe the differences between primary education in Iizuka and Sunnyvale.


11 ⁄ 2017

Iizuka Mayor Makoto Katamine and City Council Chair Seiichi Fujiura visited Sunnyvale and delivered remarks at a Sunnyvale City Council meeting.

09 ⁄ 2017

Sunnyvale Mayor Glenn Hendricks visited Iizuka and delivered remarks at the Iizuka City Council Meeting

06 ⁄ 2017

Eighteen (12 middle school and 6 high school) Sunnyvale students visited Iizuka for S2I 2017

03 ⁄ 2017

Second Cherry Blossoms (Hanami) Picnic at Braly Park

03 ⁄ 2017

Second Robot Programming Class with 12 Sunnyvale participants


12 ⁄ 2016

Mayor Hendricks of Sunnyvale and Mayor Saito of Iizuka signed the Sister City Agreement marking the commencement of the official sister city relationship

10 ⁄ 2016

Two more Sunnyvale adults visited Iizuka and were moved by the hospitality of their hosts

08 ⁄ 2016

Twenty Iizuka students visited Sunnyvale and attended Homestead High School and Sunnyvale Middle School

06 ⁄ 2016

Fourteen Sunnyvale students visit Iizuka

05 ⁄ 2016

First Adult Exchange Program: Dr. Nawata from Iizuka visited Dr. Yoshida in Sunnyavle and Dr. Yoshida visited Dr. Nawata

Sunnyvale Rotary Club welcomed Iizuka Rotary Club and they started their friendship

03 ⁄ 2016

First Cherry Tree Viewing (HANAMI) picnic at Braly Park


09 ⁄ 2015

Sunnyvale Middle School robotics class taught by three Kyuushu Institute of Technology students from Iizuka

Moved to Plug and Play Tech Center in Sunnyvale

Announced 2016 dates for S2I (Sunnyvale to Iizuka) student exchange program

The cherry tree planting ceremony was covered by the Sunnyvale SUN.
Taking Root

08 ⁄ 2015

Twenty Iizuka students visited Sunnyvale and attended Fremont High School and Sunnyvale Middle School.

Iizuka also donated twenty cherry trees to Sunnyvale and planting ceremonies were held at Homestead High School and Columbia Middle School.

06 ⁄ 2015

Eight Sunnyvale students visited Iizuka on SSCA’s second student cultural exchange trip.


12 ⁄ 2014

Held information session on 2015 S2I program

10 ⁄ 2014

09 ⁄ 2014

State of California granted California State tax exempt status to SSCA

The District Digest covered SSCA activities
Sunnyvale Middle School Students Visit Iizuka, Japan

08 ⁄ 2014

Sunnyvale welcomed 20 junior high school students from Iizuka who enjoyed Bay Area life and attended classes at Sunnyvale Middle School

Iizuka donated cherry trees as a token of lasting friendship which were planted at six different locations in Sunnyvale

06 ⁄ 2014

Eleven Sunnyvale students visited Iizuka as the first exchange program students

IRS granted Federal income tax exemption to SSCA, as a 501(c) 3 organization

03 ⁄ 2014

Confirmed that eleven Sunnyvale students will visit Iizuka in June

02 ⁄ 2014

Announced the S2I Project, sending Sunnyvale students to Iizuka from Fremont High School, Sunnyvale Middle School, and Columbia Middle School


12 ⁄ 2013

Morichika Saito, Mayor of Iizuka, signs a "Friendly Exchange Relations Agreement" after getting approval from Iizuka's City Council

SSCA turns in form 1023 to the IRS in order to get classified as 501(c)3

11 ⁄ 2013

Anthony Spitaleri, Mayor of Sunnyvale, signs a "Friendly Exchange Relations Agreement" after getting approval from Sunnyvale's City Council

10 ⁄ 2013

SSCA mails an official application for NPO status to the Secretary of State, and 501(c)3 status for the organization is pending.

09 ⁄ 2013

Akiko Inoue, SSCA's Event Manager, visits schools in Iizuka to discuss future activities between the two cities.

A representative from Iizuka Friendship Network visits Mayor Anthony Spitaleri and delivers a letter from Iizuka's mayor.

08 ⁄ 2013

Iizuka Friendship Network, NPO, is officially organized to facilitate a sister city relationship with Sunnyvale.

07 ⁄ 2013

Mark Kato visits several candidate cities in Japan and discusses possibilities.

At an SSCA meeting, Iizuka in Fukuoka prefecture is selected to be a sister city of Sunnyvale.

05 ⁄ 2013

Through the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Japan, Kei Hagiwara announces to 1,700 Japanese cities that volunteers in Sunnyvale are looking for a sister city.

SSCA holds its first meeting.

01 ⁄ 2013 –
03 ⁄ 2013

Staff recruitment for the Sunnyvale Sister City Association (SSCA) begins.

01 ⁄ 2013

Kei Hagiwara, Vice Consul of the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco, Mike Michitaka, and Mark Kato meet with Sunnyvale Mayor Anthony Spitaleri and request municipal support for their activities.


12 ⁄ 2012

Mike Michitaka and Mark Kato deliver a written proposal on their sister city idea to Anthony Spitaleri, Mayor of Sunnyvale.

10 ⁄ 2012

Mike Michitaka and Mark Kato brainstorm on grassroots activities that will benefit Sunnyvale citizens and the sister city idea takes hold.