San Mateo-Toyonaka Sister City Association - Student Ambassador Exchange Program
This cultural and educational exchange program between San Mateo and Toyonaka is part of the “People to People” programs initiated by President Dwight D. Eisenhower during the early 1950s. As part of these historical programs, the San Mateo Student Ambassador Exchange with Toyonaka, Japan, allows San Mateo students to travel to Japan, live in the homes of Toyonaka families, and participate in Japanese cultural events. In exchange, Toyonaka students live in San Mateo; thus, the program serves to strengthen and promote better understanding and friendship between the United States and Japan.
The students selected for this exchange program act as Ambassadors for the City of San Mateo and participate in numerous public appearances and speaking engagements in Toyonaka, Japan. Many fine friendships have developed among past exchanges and the people working together in the San Mateo-Toyonaka Sister City program. But this “People to People” program also fosters friendship and cooperation between the residents of the two cities: San Mateo and Toyonaka.