Totoya delagation

On Thursday 31st October, Japanese dignitaries from Toyota City, Japan visited Derby to mark the 20th Anniversary of Derby City twinning partnership with Toyota city.

Councillor Chris Poulter, Leader of Derby City Council lead the speeches, welcoming Mayor Toshiko Ota, Chairman Akira Suzuki and the Japanese delegation to the city.

To celebrate Derby City Council unveiled a ‘Made in Derby’ Style plaque marking the twinning that took place in 1998. The plaque will be added to the city and residents will be able to learn more about Toyota City using an augmented reality feature which is available through the Made in Derby app.

Our guests we’re also given a tour of the Council House and spent their afternoon at the Derby Arena, which was built in the time since Mayor Ota last visited Derby.

Councillor Chris Poulter, Leader of Derby Council said:

“We’re honoured to present Mayor Ota with this Made in Derby special plaque. This piece of public art not only marks our 20 years of Derby and Toyota being twinned but will also help to Derby Citizens to understand more about Toyota and our partnership.”

“We couldn’t be prouder of our 20 year partnership with Toyota City. Both cities have strong industrial backgrounds and continue to be world leaders in manufacturing and engineering. It’s wonderful to welcome Mayor Ota and our Japanese visitors to the city and continue to strengthen our ever growing friendship.”

The Japanese delegation visited the city on a wider visit to Derbyshire.

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