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Japanese visitors welcomed by mayor

Visitors from Boston's friendship city in Japan were welcomed to town by Mayor of Boston, Cllr Bernard Rush and Mayoress Mrs Jayne Rush today.

The party from Hakusan made their first stop of their six-day trip to England here in Boston visiting St Botolph's Church, Boston Guildhall and the Municipal Buildings.

These visitors are all members of Hakusan International Association (HIA) as well as Hakusan visitors. They are very interested in visiting Boston and applied for the tour organised by the HIA. HIA is a non-profit organisation to promote international relations with other countries and help foreign residents in Hakusan City.

The Mayor gave them a very warm welcome, he said: "22 years of friendship, 22 years of inter-communication and 22 years of educational exchange. That is why this exchange programme, has become such a valuable, cultural exercise for both of our student nations.

"This Hakusan Exchange project, I believe, delivers so much, to both our Nations communities, and has continued to do so, for many years longer, than all today's young students, have been on this earth.

"That, dear friends, is why we all must do everything we can, to ensure, this project continues to exist, and deliver for many, many more years to come."

After their visit to Boston they are then visiting Lincoln and London before returning home on Wednesday.

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