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The 75th ‘Smile Message' from the Mayor (February 5th)

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.

February 5th, 2019 (Tuesday).

Good morning everyone.

Today, I have a number of pieces of good news for everyone.

Firstly, in regards to the childcare support center ‘Purepika' that opened in Mallmall's central facilities building in April last year, the total number of patrons reached 100,000 people as of last month. I would like to extend my thanks to all the families and children that make their way to, and make use of these facilities. I would also like to thank all the members of our staff who are involved with ‘Purepika', whether personally or professionally. Moving forward, I hope that everyone will continue their hard work to ensure this large number of patrons is ever-present.

Additionally, for our December edition of our 2018 public correspondence newsletter, we received the overall 1st place at the Miyazaki Prefecture PR Competition for the city-based public correspondence section. Together with this, at this same competition in the photography section, our June edition's photo of Mallmall's opening came second. I would like to thank everyone in the secretariat and public relations division from the bottom of my heart.

With regards to those in charge of public relations, since several years prior, we began aiming towards receiving these awards, drastically increasing the number of pages published, as well as developing plans for further in-depth content. Since the supervisors of these sections came together and poured their efforts into our newsletter, these efforts have borne fruit in the form of these fantastic results. I believe we can all look forward to seeing what new heights our public correspondence section will soar to next.

Further to all of this, just the other day, we received from the Administrative Document Management Improvement Council (ADMiC) a certificate detailing that ‘The number of staff in Miyakonojo trained in professional document management is the highest in Japan, and the self-introduction and self-maintenance of the continual improvement document management system is both advanced and progressive, which has naturally led you to become a model municipality with regards to the undertaking of leading initiatives in Japan'. This is once more a result of the efforts put in by our staff since we began our new document management system. I am deeply grateful for all of your hard work.

This document management, with regards to improvements to the way we receive our customers, similar to other changes such as those made to the layout of the first floor in our main building, plays an integral role in improving our customer service, and as such, I hope that I can rely on all of our staff to continue their efforts in this regard.

Presently, as I have explained above, I am both extremely happy and proud of the many wonderful results our staff have achieved due to their hard work. It is likely that there are many more projects outside of what has been mentioned here that our staff have achieved fantastic results in, but what is common throughout all of these things is that a high target was set forth, and in coming together and setting out to achieve this target, great results were delivered. If we all continue to maintain and pursue this sort of zeal about the work which we oversee, myself included, then there can be no doubt that this city will continue towards a brighter future. Let us all come together, both as staff and citizens of this city, and continue to push forward.

Well then, these past few days have been pleasantly warm, but I believe we can expect some cold days to continue yet. As I bring this month's message to a close, I hope that you all continue to look after yourselves in the coming days.

'Smile Message' Audio

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

 


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