Established in 1968, the Michigan-Shiga partnership is the oldest and most comprehensive sister state relationship between the United States and Japan. Residents of Michigan and Shiga continue to maintain close ties through exchanges involving students, teachers, community members and government officials.

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2019 Michigan-Shiga Goodwill Mission (Michigan to Shiga)

We are now accepting applications for the 2019 Goodwill Mission from Michigan to Shiga. 
A deposit of $200 must accompany the application when submitted, no later than April 1, 2019.

For more information about the Goodwill Mission, contact Marilyn Schlief at 517.410-7400 or e-mail (please title your subject line with “Your name- 2019 GWM Trip”).

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