President Jimmy Carter welcomes Japanese students in his hometown as part of an annual exchange program. Each year, Japanese students come to Americus through a partnership to make new friends and learn about our country. Then each spring, Sumter County middle and High students do the same in Japan.
They’ve been part of a friendship exchange that began with Carter in 1991 as a symbol of peace, after he participated as the highest ranking U.S. official in the Hiroshima Memorial.
“It was very important to me to have friendship with Japan,” said the President.