Gateshead – Komatsu

Gateshead has for a long time been a city of heavy industry, and Komatsu Corporation, based in Komatsu City, had long wanted a European base. They chose Gateshead because of the similarities between the cities, and Gateshead formally requested a twinning agreement because Komatsu Corp. had contributed so much to the city. The cities hold successful student exchanges annually, and there has been much development in social welfare thanks to both the city of Komatsu and the corporation.

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