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What's GIA?
History of GIA
Sister Cities
What does GIA do?
Population of Foreigners in Gotemba
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What's GIA?
Gotemba International Association is a nonprofit city organization that promotes international activities such as cultural exchange program, meetings, classes and other events all through the year. GIA aims to contribute to protect human rights and make the peaceful world.
History of GIA
Gotemba City established the sister city relationship with the City of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania in the U.S.A in 1960. The citizens of Gotemba were enthusiastically promoting international programs aiming to deepen understanding and friendship. In 1985, the member of 56 citizens of Gotemba visited Chambersburg for the 25th anniversary ceremony and thought it was important to have more exchanges between the cities and suggested to make an organization for it, On December 24th in the same year, Gotemba Sister City Association was established with 600 members. In 1986, the delegates of Chamber of Commerce from Beaverton City, Oregon visited Gotemba and in the year of 1987, Gotemba established the sister city relationship with Beaverton to improve the co-operation and exchange of cultures and industries.
On June 8th in 1991, Gotemba International Association was founded to further encourage citizens to conduct international exchanges and to keep the friendly relationship with the foreigners living in Gotemba.
In 1997, GIA built two schools in Cambodia named Fuji-san Gakko with the contribution of members and citizens.
Sister Cities
Chambersburg, PA U.S.A
  • Chambersburg is located 181 kilometers northwest of Washington, D.C.
  • Population (2000): approximately 18,000
  • Area: 6.58 square miles
  • Annual Average Temperature: 51 degrees
  • Summer Average Temperature: 75 degrees
  • Winter Average Temperature: 32 degrees
  • Annual Average Rainfall: 42 inches
  • Sister City Establishment: August 22, 1960
Beaverton, OR U.S.A
  • Beaverton is a part of Washington County in the State of Oregon. It is located in 9 miles southwest of Portland.
  • Population (2002): approximately 77,990
  • Area: 17.2 square miles
  • Summer Average Temperature: 78 degrees
  • Winter Average Temperature: 40.5 degrees
  • Annual Average Rainfall: 37.8 inches
  • Sister City Establishment: October 22, 1987
What does GIA do?
  • YouI Salon (A meeting to exchange cultures, ideas and experiences with people from different countries)
  • Brazilian BBQ
  • Charity Concert
  • International Cooking Class
  • International Fair
  • Children Japanese Speech Contest and so on
  • Fuji-san Kyoshitsu (A class to help foreign children to adjusting to the life in Japan and school)
Population of Foreigners in Gotemba (As of April 2016)
Nationality Male Female Total Nationality Male Female Total
1 Philippines 158 336 494 24 United Kingdom 2 0 2
2 Brazil 234 214 448 25 Canada 1 1 2
3 China 89 124 213 26 Malaysia 1 1 2
4 Peru 80 90 170 27 Laos 1 1 2
5 South Korea 48 116 164 28 Romania 0 2 2
6 Taiwan 11 30 41 29 France 1 1 2
7 Vietnam 10 27 37 30 Italy 0 2 2
8 Bolivia 12 15 27 31 Cambodia 0 1 1
9 Thailand 7 18 25 32 Singapore 0 1 1
10 Paraguay 10 15 25 33 Bangladesh 1 0 1
11 United States of America 14 7 21 34 Germany 1 0 1
12 Argentina 6 11 17 35 Hungary 0 1 1
13 India 11 5 16 36 Czech Republic 1 0 1
14 Indonesia 10 2 12 37 Azerbaijan 1 0 1
15 Nepal 8 2 10 38 Bhutan 0 1 1
16 Pakistan 6 2 8 39 Guatemala 0 1 1
17 North Korea 3 3 6 40 Jamaica 1 0 1
18 Chile 2 3 5 41 Kenya 1 0 1
19 Mexico 2 2 4 42 Slovakia 0 1 1
20 Russia 0 3 3 43 Uruguay 0 1 1
21 Turkey 1 2 3 44 Ukraine 0 1 1
22 Mongolia 0 3 3 45 Unknown 1 0 1
23 Sri Lanka 1 2 3 Total 736 1,048 1,784
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Contact us.
GIA(Gotemba International Association)
483 Hagiwara Gotemba Shizuoka 412-8601
Gotemba City Hall
TEL:0550-82-4426
FAX:0550-81-6439
E-mail:gia@mail.wbs.ne.jp(Click here to e-mail us!)
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