NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – As six city middle school students prepare to depart for Fukui, Japan on Saturday, a group of students from that foreign city visited Mayor Jim Cahill and others at City Hall Wednesday, according to officials.

Two students from Japan met with Cahill and exchanged gifts during its visit, according to a post on the city’s Facebook page.

Members of the New Brunswick Sister Cities Association, Inc., two New Brunswick teachers and two of the students heading to Japan accompanied their counterparts and a delegation of young professionals to City Hall, according to the post.

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Fukui is one of two Japanese cities involved in the New Brunswick Sister Cities Association’s program with Tsuruoka and Debrecen, Hungary and Limerick County in Ireland.

The New Brunswick Sister Cities Association, Inc.  is a nonprofit agency that was founded in 1960 as a means for New Brunswick to connect with cities around the world to diplomatically foster relationships and share information about their respective ways of life, including government, art and culture, business, education and social services.

Six local students will travel to Japan Nov. 6-13 as junior ambassadors for the city.

Once there, they will visit historical sites, museums and cultural spots, meet with local officials and attend a day of school at Shimizu Junior High School.

They will be hosted as guests in the homes of Fukui families during their stay.

New Brunswick Middle School Principal Jeremiah Clifford and two middle school teachers will accompany them, as well as Michael Tublin, Director of International Programs for the City and Jane Tublin, Deputy Envoy for the City of New Brunswick.