Mayors of Lancaster, CA and Namie, Japan Confirm Historic Commitment at Japan’s Hydrogen Energy Ministerial

October 8, 2021

The annual National Hydrogen Day has capped a week of excitement and progress in the international hydrogen community, starting with the Hydrogen Energy Ministerial on Monday. Though the Ministerial typically provides a global stage for hydrogen advancement, this year, local-level commitments underlined the growing importance of this essential energy resource. In his opening remarks, Japan’s Vice Minister of Economy, Trade, and Industry, Naoshi Hirose, congratulated two cities at opposite ends of the globe – Lancaster, CA and Namie, Japan – on becoming the first in the world to partner in advancing hydrogen innovation at the local level. Mayor R. Rex Parris of Lancaster and Mayor Kazuhiro Yoshida of Namie were both present at the 2021 Ministerial to confirm their historic commitment and promote their “Smart Sister Cities” initiative to advance clean hydrogen technology at the municipal level.

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