This past year was a big year for Japan. Sister Cities hosted a group of insurance executives who met with Birmingham’s legal department. We also hosted doctors from Hitachi for three weeks. UAB also took a group of students to Japan in June. Also, we hosted middle school kids from Japan in August. Plenty of wonderful cross-cultural exchanges took place between Birmingham and Japan in 2014.

Also, it was made official that the Southeast-US (SEUS) Conference will be held in Birmingham in November of 2015. The SEUS Conference will be a big opportunity for Birmingham. It will prompt many business opportunities as the southeast leaders and Japanese business leaders collaborate in our city.