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The 76th ‘Smile Message' from the Mayor (March 1)

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.

 

March 1st, 2019 (Friday).

Good morning everyone.

Firstly, in regards to the Miyakonojo Shibushi Highway works, as of March 17th, the area between Hiratsuka and Yokoichi interchanges (approximately 2.8 km in length) will be opened to traffic. This is great news, and I would like to thank all of those involved for putting their utmost into this work.

With the stretch between Umekita and Kanemidake interchanges opening during February of 2018 during the previous financial year, as well as between the Ariakekita and Ariakehigashi interchanges in Kagoshima prefecture during March, if we include this newly opened section, a little over half of the entire highway is now complete and open for traffic.

Furthermore, the area between Yokoichi and Otobo interchanges is expected to be opened as of the end of 2021's financial year, marking the opening of 60% of the highway.

 From the early stages, ever since I took office, work on the Miyakonojo Shibushi highway has been one of our greatest priorities, and since the budget for this project has recently been substantially increased, it has led to an increase in its progression by 2 to 3-fold. It is my hope that in order for these works to be completed in short order, both our staff and our citizens will come together in making efforts henceforth, and so I ask for everyone's continued assistance in this matter.

Well then, on the 25th of February, the city council's regular meeting for March commenced, and submissions were made regarding the initial budgets for the 2019 financial year. Firstly, regarding the structuring of the initial 2019 financial year budget, a great deal of effort was made by all of our staff. I would like to offer you all my gratitude for your hard work here. From here on in, there will be deliberations made by the city council, so I ask for everyone's continued cooperation in ensuring the approval and establishment of this budget.

Regarding the initial draft budgets for the incoming financial year, similar to how it has been previously, we have the city's “Three Treasures" standing as the three pillars of our policies: ‘Farming, Forestry and Animal Husbandry as our Key Industries', ‘Miyakonojo's Advantageous Location', and ‘Our Children who will Lead the Future'. As such, we have settled upon a policy focusing primarily on these three pillars, in order to have them stand out further.

In addition to this, ‘Support For Our Children and Child Raising', ‘Supporting the Coexistence of Work and Child Raising', ‘Promoting Citizens' Health and Wellbeing', ‘Promotion of Immigration and Permanent Residency', ‘Revitalization of our Inner City Suburbs', ‘Revitalization of the Local Community', as well as many other areas, including ‘Taking Citizen Services to a Higher Level', and ‘The Hometown of Meat and Shochu: Further Promotion of Public Relations between our City and the Wider Public'. In regards to the promotion and advancement of each and every one of these policies, I once more ask for everyone's continued efforts.

 Furthermore, with regards to the specifics of these policies, the ‘Heisei 31 FY (2019-20FY) Initial Budget: Key Points' report and additional supplementary documents generated by the finance division summarize this in an easy to understand fashion, so I urge all of our staff to have a read of these documents, familiarize yourselves with the current thoughts and general direction the city intends to head towards, and find for yourself the place within your own work that these points reside as you continue to progress throughout the year.

Finally, I have a quick word to say towards all of our staff members that will be retiring and leaving us as of the end of this month.

I would sincerely like to thank you all for all of your efforts over the long time you've been here, striving towards making our city a better place. From all of those of us here at city hall, and from all the citizens of our dear city, I would like to sincerely thank you. Though there may only be a single month remaining until the end of your time here with us, I hope that you will continue to present for us the same zeal and vigor that you have held thus far until these last few days come to a close, both as the pride amongst our staff, but also for the sake of our citizens.

Additionally, after you entire into retirement, always remember that ‘health comes first'. As a citizen of this city, nothing could please us more than having you go out into the community and continue what you have begun here, in whatever place and fashion that may be.

To bring this to a close, once more I would like to wish all the best to those of our staff, and their families, who will be leaving us come the end of this month. Thank you for all the time you've put in here, and thank you for staying with us until the very end.

 

'Smile Message' Audio

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

 


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