Have you ever met a group of people, either in an informal gathering or at a more official function, and greatly enjoyed the interaction with them so much you wanted to meet up again and spend more time with them?

That’s the feeling I had when I participated as an observer in the Fourth U.S.-Japan Subnational Global Young Professionals Forum organized by the Koyamada International Foundation (KIF) Japan, KIF America, the Junior Chamber International (JCI) Japan and its subnational hosts from Omaha and Shizuoka in late January this year.

What made it all the more remarkable was that it was done entirely virtually between existing sister cities, and with the hosting and interpretation being seamless.