About YOKE

We aim to enrich our community by encouraging understanding and respect for one another’s cultures and values, while maintaining Yokohama’s historical and cultural charms and enhancing its reputation as an international city.

YOKE’s mission statement


Chairperson Teruhiko OKADA
Yokohama International Organizations Center 5F, Pacifico Yokohama 1-1-1 Minato Mirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama
July 8, 1981 
Established as a voluntary organization “Yokohama-shi Kaigai Koryu Kyokai”

December 28, 1982

Recognized as a foundation

March 30, 1993

Authorized to act as a Specific Public Interest Promotion Corporation

April 1, 1999

Changed its Japanese name to “Yokohama-shi Kokusai Koryu Kyokai"

June 13, 2004

Moved from Sangyo Boeki Center, 2 Yamashita-cho, Naka-ku to present address

November 1, 2010

Reregistered as a public interest incorporated foundation


Message from our Chairperson

We aim to make Yokohama the city chosen by Japan’s foreign residents as the best city to live in

Hello. I’m Teruhiko OKADA, the Chairperson

Today, over 95,000 foreigners live in Yokohama City.

The percentage of foreign residents varies from ward to ward. The most foreign-populated ward is Naka ward at 11.1%. That means one out of nine residents is a foreigner.

Since the opening of the Port of Yokohama in 1859, Yokohama is a city intimately engaged with the rest of the world.

Since the opening of our port to the world, the migration of many people from within Japan and from overseas to Yokohama has caused Yokohama to develop into a city with a progressive sprit. We are a city open to new cultures and technologies and willing to adopt the most advanced ways of thinking from the world.  

With this historical background, Yokohama has become one of the leading cities for foreigners to live in.

As people say “Live here for three days and you will be Hamakko, an original Yokohama people”, Yokohama is open-hearted to new people and cultures.

We want Yokohama to be the City Of Choice for all people moving to Japan. We want it to be the best city for all to live in, a city where differences are viewed as sources of strength that blends to create new shared values and a new culture of cooperation.

Together with, not only government offices but also with many citizen’s groups, NPOs, NGOs, schools, companies, and volunteers, we, the Yokohama Association for International Communications and Exchanges, will make every effort to create multicultural communities in our city.

August, 2019

the Yokohama Association for International Communications and Exchanges,

Chairperson, Teruhiko OKADA

Yokohama Association for International Communications and Exchanges (YOKE)

Yokohama International Organization Center 5F, Pacifico Yokohama,

1-1-1 Minato Mirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama 220-0012

Tel: 045-222-1171 (representative)

Fax: 045-222-1187

YOKOHAMA Foreign Residents Information Center

Tel: 045-222-1209

FAX: 045-222-1187

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