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From village to town, Misawa City celebrates 60 years

A Misawa City resident poses for a photo at the Misawa City 60th anniversary celebration ceremony held at the Misawa International Center in Misawa City, Japan, Sept. 1, 2018. Kazumasa Taneichi, the Misawa City mayor, noted he is impressed with Misawa City residents’ resiliency when faced with challenges such as natural disasters. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Collette Brooks)

A Misawa City resident poses for a photo at the Misawa City 60th anniversary celebration ceremony held at the Misawa International Center in Misawa City, Japan, Sept. 1, 2018. Kazumasa Taneichi, the Misawa City mayor, noted he is impressed with Misawa City residents’ resiliency when faced with challenges such as natural disasters. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Collette Brooks)

A group of Misawa city residents pose for a photo at the Misawa City 60th anniversary celebration ceremony held at the Misawa International Center in Misawa City, Japan, Sept. 1, 2018. Kazumasa Taneichi, the Misawa City mayor, noted he is impressed with Misawa City residents’ resiliency when faced with challenges such as natural disasters. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Collette Brooks)

A group of Misawa city residents pose for a photo at the Misawa City 60th anniversary celebration ceremony held at the Misawa International Center in Misawa City, Japan, Sept. 1, 2018. Kazumasa Taneichi, the Misawa City mayor, noted he is impressed with Misawa City residents’ resiliency when faced with challenges such as natural disasters. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Collette Brooks)

U.S. Air Force Col. Kristopher W. Struve, left, the 35th Fighter Wing commander, speaks with Kazumasa Taneichi, right, the Misawa City Mayor, during a meeting at the Misawa City 60th anniversary celebration ceremony held at the Misawa International Center in Misawa City, Japan, Sept. 1, 2018. Taneichi expressed gratitude to all parties that support and promote Misawa City’s growth. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Collette Brooks)

U.S. Air Force Col. Kristopher W. Struve, left, the 35th Fighter Wing commander, speaks with Kazumasa Taneichi, right, the Misawa City Mayor, during a meeting at the Misawa City 60th anniversary celebration ceremony held at the Misawa International Center in Misawa City, Japan, Sept. 1, 2018. Taneichi expressed gratitude to all parties that support and promote Misawa City’s growth. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Collette Brooks)

U.S. Air Force Col. Kristopher W. Struve, left, the 35th Fighter Wing commander, speaks with Tetsuro Asano, right, a Misawa City resident, after the Misawa City 60th anniversary celebration ceremony held at the Misawa International Center in Misawa City, Japan, Sept. 1, 2018. Misawa Air Base commanders received recognition during the ceremony for representing a vital part of the region’s ongoing progress.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Collette Brooks)

U.S. Air Force Col. Kristopher W. Struve, left, the 35th Fighter Wing commander, speaks with Tetsuro Asano, right, a Misawa City resident, after the Misawa City 60th anniversary celebration ceremony held at the Misawa International Center in Misawa City, Japan, Sept. 1, 2018. Misawa Air Base commanders received recognition during the ceremony for taking part in promoting the region’s ongoing progress. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Collette Brooks)

Misawa Air Base attendees receive recognition for supporting Misawa City growth stand during the Misawa City 60th anniversary celebration ceremony held at the Misawa International Center in Misawa City, Japan, Sept. 1, 2018. The ceremony highlighted Misawa Air Base commanders from the 35th Fighter Wing, 3rd Air Wing, Northern Air Defense Force and Naval Air Force- Misawa for their contributions to Misawa City’s growth and development. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Collette Brooks)

Misawa Air Base attendees receive recognition for supporting Misawa City growth stand during the Misawa City 60th anniversary celebration ceremony held at the Misawa International Center in Misawa City, Japan, Sept. 1, 2018. The ceremony highlighted Misawa Air Base commanders from the 35th Fighter Wing, 3rd Air Wing, Northern Air Defense Force and Naval Air Force- Misawa for their contributions to Misawa City’s growth and development. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Collette Brooks)

The Japan Air Self-Defense Force's Northern Air Band performs during the Misawa City 60th anniversary celebration ceremony held at the Misawa International Center in Misawa City, Japan, Sept. 1, 2018. The band performs at community engagements including Japan Day, American Day and Misawa Air Base changes of command which forges friendships and promotes unity. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Collette Brooks)

The Japan Air Self-Defense Force's Northern Air Band performs during the Misawa City 60th anniversary celebration ceremony held at the Misawa International Center in Misawa City, Japan, Sept. 1, 2018. The band performs at community engagements including Japan Day, American Day and Misawa Air Base changes of command which forge friendships and promote unity. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Collette Brooks)

A Misawa City resident reads a brochure during a meeting at the Misawa City 60th anniversary celebration ceremony held at the Misawa International Center in Misawa City, Japan, Sept. 1, 2018. Misawa evolved from a village to a town throughout the years and is now recognized as a city. The city is home to an array of U.S. service members, Japan Air Self-Defense Force members and Japanese citizens. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Collette Brooks)

A Misawa City resident reads a brochure during a meeting at the Misawa City 60th anniversary celebration ceremony held at the Misawa International Center in Misawa City, Japan, Sept. 1, 2018. Misawa evolved from a village to a town throughout the years and is now recognized as a city. The city is home to an array of U.S. service members, Japan Air Self-Defense Force members and Japanese citizens. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Collette Brooks)

MISAWA CITY, Japan -- Misawa celebrated 60 years as a city at the Misawa International Center Sept. 1.

Misawa has evolved from a village to a town and now hosts an array of U.S. service members, Japan Air Self-Defense Force members and Japanese citizens as a city.

Since 1958, stable progress across the region aided in population, farming and financial growth.

“Despite enduring multiple natural disasters such as earthquakes and fires, Misawa continues to grow and prosper,” said Kazumasa Taneichi, the Misawa City mayor. “The residents never hesitate to put their best efforts forward in overcoming challenges.”

Due to the citizen’s contributions to the area, Misawa City is recognized as a prime location in the Aomori region.

“Misawa is a beautiful city,” expressed Shingo Mimura, the Aomori Prefecture governor. “The mix of cultures makes the region exotic.”

The ceremony highlighted Misawa Air Base commanders from the 35th Fighter Wing, 3rd Air Wing, Northern Air Defense Force and Naval Air Force-Misawa for their contributions to Misawa City’s growth and development.

Taneichi brought the ceremony to a close with a reminder that community care and understanding gives way to peacefully living. He expressed gratitude to all who provide support to the city and looks forward to Misawa’s future.