DES MOINES — Iowa’s relationship with Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan began over 50 years when an Iowan advocated for assistance to be sent to in the form of the famous Iowa Hog Lift.
Iowans were given the opportunity to assist its friends in Yamanashi once again this year. In March the area was inundated with a massive snowfall that wiped out their agriculture sector. Current damage is estimated at over $243 million USD.
In response, Iowa Sister States formed the Yamanashi Relief Fund to raise funds to send to the area to assist in the recovery efforts. Between individuals and companies, over $30,000 was recently sent to aid the people of Yamanashi. A ceremony was held in Japan and the funds were formally presented by an Iowan that now lives in Japan, Ms. Laura Silka.
Iowa Sister States would like to extend many thanks to Iowa companies, associations, and individuals who helped contribute to the cause: The Principal Financial Group, HNI Foundation, DuPont Pioneer and The Japan American Society of Iowa.