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Lakeland Sister Cities International (LSCI), a chapter of Sister Cities International, was formed in 1990 with a relationship with Richmond Hill, Canada. Subsequently, relationships have been established with Imabari, Balti, Chongming and P...ortmore. These cities were chosen through direct ties with Lakeland citizens, the interests and commitment by a core group of individuals from both cities and the rich mutual interests of both cities for cultural exchanges.

Today our sister city from, Imabari, Japan visited the Lakeland Police Department. High school students travel to each other’s cities in alternate years learning language and living each other’s culture while building lifelong friendships. Imabari has gifted our art museum with pieces from their collections, has written a bilingual tabloid, and grows as we do through our rich relationship. As part of their cultural and educational experience, we gave them a tour of the police department and a K-9 demonstration.