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Kauai mayor visits Japan sister city hit by quake


LIHUE » Kauai’s mayor is in Japan to attend a tourism exhibition and visit a sister city damaged by the magnitude 9.0 earthquake in March.

Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. left Wednesday for Iwaki City in Fukushima prefecture. He’s due to return home on Monday.

He plans to attend media day at the Japan Association of Travel Agents’ tourism exhibition, an event that’s expected to draw more than 120,000 people.

In Iwaki, he is scheduled to present symbolic checks of money raised on Kauai for Iwaki residents through two benefit concerts and a golf tournament. He also  plans to meet the mayor and reaffirm Kauai’s sister-city relationship with the town.

More than 300 people died in Iwaki City and 50,000 homes sustained major damage in the March 11 disaster. Four people are still missing.

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