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The 73rd ‘Smile Message' from the Mayor (December 3rd)

Each month, the mayor prepares a message directed towards the councillors of city hall. As this message is openly available in Japanese to be read by the people of Miyakonojo, it has been translated here in order to openly demonstrate the current beliefs and intentions of city hall, its councillors, and our Mayor.

 

December 3rd (Monday)

Good morning everyone. Today I have numerous pieces of good news to tell you all.

Firstly, at the 7th Miyazaki Prefecture Municipalities Conference on Practical Cases for Improvement and Reform that was opened on November 22nd, the Policy Coordination Division's Deputy Chief Sato, Officer Tomita, and the PR Division's Officer Kawano presented on Government-Business Joint Ventures (known as the ‘Third Sector') with “Don't Let Yourself be Withdrawn! - Incorporation of the Third Sector to Boost Regional Performance -“, receiving the top award for the day. Congratulations to you all. You have my utmost respect for all the effort that you've put in.

This is the 3rd time out of the 7 conferences that we've received the top prize, the most out of anywhere in the prefecture, and is certainly enough to speak highly of everyone's motivation and abilities. The three presenters who won at this conference will be attending the national conference held in Aichi Prefecture's Toyohashi city on February 22nd as the representatives of Miyazaki prefecture, and I hope that you will go and present to our nation with confidence.

In addition, the Hirayama Ikuo Exhibition that was open in our art gallery until yesterday managed to have 10,000 visitors on its final day. In addition to thanking you for managing to draw such a large number of customers, I would also like to give my thanks to all of the staff of the art gallery, and all related persons. From here on in, I am hoping that I can continue to count on your efforts to bring customers to our galleries, and to instill in them a love for the arts.

Furthermore, there have been numerous awards such as the 2018 Good Design Award received by our newest library, but this time, at the Conference for the Promotion of Wooden Articles' Wood-crafted Building Excellence Awards, it received the Judging Panel's Special Award. I would like to extend to you all my heartfelt gratitude.

Hearing from the Judging Panel that the library's wood-focused architecture was evaluated highly, and that the award received was not one that the committee was even planning on establishing, was really wonderful news.

There are a lot of people who frequently visit the library, and on December 1st, after having been open for 7 months, the total number of patrons rose to 770,000, and if you include all of the patrons that make use of the collective centralized facilities at Mallmall, this number now totals to 1,260,000, a fact which I'm extremely happy to hear. From November 18th, as Mallmall and the surrounding area began their Christmas illumination season, in addition to increasing the number of people that pass through the area, I hope that it will further everyone's love for the area, and deepen the feeling that it is truly a ‘place for rest and relaxation'.

Well, in just 1 more short month this year will come to an end, but from November 30th onwards the city council's general council meetings for December will commence. There will be a number of proposals that we will be looking to put forward for approval, so be prepared for thorough explanations, and put in the effort to be understood. Please continue to do your best throughout this period.

Also, at the same time, from the 6th to the 23rd of December, voting is expected to open for the Miyazaki Prefectural Governor.

As such, in addition to your regular work, you'll have additional work resulting from the general council meetings and the upcoming election. This will certainly increase your workload for this period, but provided that you deal with each piece appropriately, I trust that you can complete it.

Well then, as we enter into December, it's going to gradually get colder, and as we move from the end of this year into the start of the next, there's also going to be plenty of parties & festivities. As I believe you all well understand, drink driving is against the law, so please do not do so under any circumstances, ensure that you look after yourselves & avoid catching a cold or drinking too much, and I'm sure you'll greet the coming year healthily and heartily.

 

'Smile Message' Audio

You can find the Mayor's Smile Message in audio form on the Japanese Page (Japanese Only).


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