Celebrating Buffalo's Sister City

April 16, 2012 Updated Apr 16, 2012 at 6:27 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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April 16, 2012 Updated Apr 16, 2012 at 6:27 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. ( WKBW ) Japan may seem very far, and very unlike Buffalo, but even after 50 years the Queen City is celebrating a relationship with a sister city across the Pacific ocean.

Hundreds gathered at the prestigious Saturn Club Sunday in celebration of the 50 year history Buffalo has with the city of Kanazawa Japan.

The relationship was formed by President Eisenhower back in 1962.

Dr. Takako Michii, President of the Sister City organization told Eyewitness News, "President Eisenhower wanted to promote people to people diplomacy, because he knew that was the best way to create peace in the world. So our relationship of 50 years continues with peace, and I am very proud of it."

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown also attended the ceremonies, which included visiting dignitaries from Japan.

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