The Miyakonojo International Association was founded with the intent of contributing to international friendship and world peace through the promotion of a wide variety of economic, cultural, and other international exchange programs to deepen mutual understanding and friendship with cities in foreign countries and with Miyakonojo's Friendly Exchange Cities.
|Talk & Talk
English Conversation Salon
|Relaxed English conversation in a local cafe|
|International Exchange||Introductions of various countries' cuisine|
|World Beer & Trivia Night||Challenge the world trivia quiz while enjoying beers from around the world!|
|World Festa in Miyakonojo
||Country introductions and dance and music performances on the stage|
|Entrusted programs||MIA takes charge of training programs to support developing nations
|Language courses||Chinese language course||Mongolian language course|
|Support of foreign residents||Japanese Practice Sessions|
|Host families||Volunteer staff|
|Feb. 25, 1993||Founding of the Miyakonojo Area International Association (MAIA)
Purpose: The association was founded with the purpose of contributing to international friendship and town development in our international society through promotion of international exchange and internationalization of residents of the Miyakonojo area.
|Nov. 1999||The City of Miyakonojo established ties with the cities of Ulanbaatar, Mongolia and Jiangjin District, Chongqing, China.|
|Mar. 21, 2000||Founding of the Miyakonojo International Friendship-City Association (MIFA)
Purpose: The association was founded with the purpose of contributing to world peace and deepening mutual understanding and friendship with other countries in Asia while strengthening the bond between Miyakonojo and its Friendly Exchange Cities and other cities with a connection to Miyakonojo.
|Jan. 1, 2006||The city of Miyakonojo merged with the four surrounding towns of Yamanokuchi, Takajo, Yamada, and Takazaki to form the new city of Miyakonojo.|
|Apr. 1, 2006||The Miyakonojo Area International Association (MAIA) merged with the Miyakonojo International Friendship-City Association (MIFA) to become the Miyakonojo International Association (MIA).|
Miyakonojo City Hall,
Internationalisation Promotion Office.