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Port and Mount Vernon Host Delegation from Japan

Susumu Harada, deputy mayor of Matushiga, Japan, enjoys a cup of tea at the Port office.

Officials of the Port of Skagit and the City of Mount Vernon hosted visitors from Matushige, Japan, on June 16 to share information about their communities and discuss an agreement forming a sister city relationship.

Representing Matushige were Susumu Harada, deputy mayor, and Yoshinari Hitoshi, planning and financial affairs section chief. Mount Vernon Mayor Bud Norris represented the City of Mount Vernon in the meeting at the port’s hearing room, while the port was represented by Commissioners Bill Shuler and Kevin Ware plus executive director Patsy Martin.

The three groups will complete the approval process for the sister city agreement within 60 days and hold a signing ceremony here soon after that. A gift exchange, lunch at the Kittyhawk Cafe and tours of Skagit Regional Airport, the La Conner Marina and Mount Vernon’s new riverwalk completed the day’s events.

Matushige is a city of about 15,000 on the Inland Sea south of Tokyo that shares many characteristics with Mount Vernon. The port was included in the relationship because it operates an airport and marina similar to facilities found in Matushiga.

If you are a reporter seeking information about the Port of Skagit, please call Linda Tyler, Community Outreach Administrator, at 360-757-0011 or email