Manitowoc International Relations Association

2018 Delegation Trip to Japan

October 17th - 25th, 2018

MIRA, the Manitowoc International Relations Association, is sponsoring a 25th Anniversary Celebration Trip to Kamogawa, Japan.  Our plans will also include several days in Tokyo as well as optional full day tours.  We hope you will join us for the trip to Japan from October 17th - 25th, 2018. Space for this delegation visit is limited to 40 adults.  With this in mind, we hope that you make plans to join quickly as space is limited!

 The Manitowoc-Kamogawa sister city relationship began in 1993.  This year marks the 25th anniversary of this bond and the friendship that has grown between our cities has impacted many lives in our respective communities.    More than 600 people have visited Kamogawa since then, and the experience has been life changing for citizens in both countries.

CLICK HERE to view more information about the trip

CLICK HERE for the registration form

2018 Student Exchange Program

The Manitowoc International Relations Association is currently seeking students to participate in the 2018 Student Exchange Program.  Click here for more information!


  • Meetings called as necessary
  • City Hall
    900 Quay St.
    Manitowoc, WI 54220

Agendas are available prior to the meetings.
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Minutes are available following approval.
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The Manitowoc International Relations Association is made up of members that serve indefinite terms:
  • Cindy Kaesermann, President
  • Wanda LeClair, Vice President
  • Lori Denk, Secretary
  • Perk Foster, member
  • Deb Gainey, member
  • Jim Larson, member
  • Kay Larson, member
  • April Meyer, member
  • Kelly Meyer, member
  • Alderperson Scott McMeans, member - term expires April 16, 2018
  • Mayor Justin M. Nickels, member
The Manitowoc International Relations Association will act as the liaison between the citizens and officials of the City of Manitowoc and the citizens and officials of the City of Kamogawa, Japan, which have entered into a sister city relationship to encourage international understanding through a continuing program of educational, cultural, and economic exchanges. MIRA will coordinate information and resources to maintain and expedite the sister city relationship with Kamogawa, Japan, and with any international community that has as its goal the pursuit of culture, education and peace.

Kamogawa Communicator

The Kamogawa Communicator is published by the Kamogawa International Relations Association, and is available at several locations throughout Kamogawa for their visitors and citizens.  We're fortunate enough to have an English version published for us:

January 2018 Issue
February 2018 Issue
March 2018 Issue

January 2017 Issue
February 2017 Issue
March 2017 Issue
April 2017 Issue
May 2017 Issue
June 2017 Issue
July 2017 Issue
August 2017 Issue
September 2017 Issue
October 2017 Issue
November 2017 Issue
December 2017 Issue