Governor Terry Branstad invited Governor Ken Amano of Yamanashi, Japan, to visit Iowa in May 1993 to attend the Iowa State Fair. At that time, Branstad had no way of knowing the devastating flood that would impact thousands across the state of Iowa in 1993. After learning of the problem, Amano sent this request to the people of Yamanashi asking them to help Iowans. When Amano visited Iowa in August of 1993, he gave Branstad $300,000 to help with flood relief.
- How does a sister state relationship connect Iowa and Yamanashi, Japan?
- What is Governor Ken Amano asking the people of Yamanashi to do?
Amano, Ken, Yamanashi International Association, 1993. Courtesy of Iowa Sister States