Baltimore-Kawasaki Sister City Committee (BKSCC) has been associated with the Mayor’s office and the Baltimore civic scene for more than 35 years. The Committee was established by former Mayor of Baltimore, Donald Schaefer, in 1979 when he cemented a sister city relationship between Kawasaki, Japan and the city of Baltimore. BKSCC has been productive in a variety of city-to-city cultural programs, academic exchanges and youth experiences activities which support an ongoing relationship between these two major seaport cities.