- Scholarship to Iowa: Each year Yamanashi sends a scholar to study at DMACC in Des Moines. This year's recipient is Yuka Takasu. Yuka will be studying at DMACC from for the Fall semester. Yuka is interested in a career in AgriTourism and International Studies. After her semester at DMACC Yuka will intern at Iowa Sister States.
- Scholarship to Yamanashi : Each Year ISS sends an Iowan scholar to study at Yamanashi Prefectural University to do graduate level classwork and to work on a research project. This year's recipient is Kate Shaw. Kate arrived in Yamanashi on June 2016. She currently taking classes classes throughout the year along with working on her research paper. You can follow
Kate's experience at http://japanscholar.blogspot.com/
In 1959, a typhoon devastated Yamanashi Prefecture. In response, Iowa sent 35 breeding hogs and 100,000 bushels of corn to help with the recovery - an event that is famously known today as the 'Iowa Hog Lift.' Yamanashi and Iowa would become Sister States in 1961 by a formal agreement, signed between Governor Norman Erbe of Iowa and Governor Hisashi Amano of Yamanashi. This agreement marked Iowa's very first Sister State relationship.
In 2014, Iowans provided immense support to the citizens of Yamanashi when their agriculture sector was devastated by severe winter weather. Click below to learn more about the Yamanashi Relief Fund, which was coordinated by ISS:
Chuck Safris has served on the Yamanashi Committee in various positions over the last 15 years. Chuck grew up in Des Moines, graduated from Roosevelt and attended Iowa State University. He graduated in 1963 and went on to the US Air Force. Chuck served in Vietnam and left the service 7 years later. Chuck then returned to Des Moines and worked at Iowa Power and LIght Co. (Midamerican Energy) in Management. He retired as assistant VP of Telecommunications and Data Services. Chuck is interested in natural science including fossils and minerals. He enjoys canoeing, camping and bicycle riding and serves on several other community volunteer committees, including Living History Farms.