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The 78th ‘Smile Message' from the Mayor (May 7th)

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.

 

May 7th, 2019 (Tuesday)

Good morning everyone.

As you are all likely well aware, the 30th of April marked the abdication of our previous emperor, with the 1st of May marking the ascension of the current emperor, as well as the transition from the Heisei period into the Reiwa period. It is an honour to usher in this new period as the standing mayor of Miyakonojo, and I am grateful that I can celebrate this momentous occasion with you all.

Let us all work hard together to bring about a fantastic Reiwa for our citizens, our city, and for each and every one of you. Once again, I look forward to working with you all.

By the way, with regards to this change of era, I believe that all of our staff in each and every department and division had substantial work to do in order to prepare for the change. I sincerely thank you all for approaching and dealing with the work set before you.

Amongst all of this, I would also like to sincerely thank all the members of the Citizens' Affairs Division, who on the 1st of May opened our doors to the numerous couples looking to submit notifications of marriage on this momentous occasion. While I also was present on the day to receive and sign marriage notifications and take photos with the happy couples, our staff took it upon themselves to prepare for the day flowers and cards, as well as setting up a wonderful spot for photo shoots. This level of thoughtfulness towards our citizens, along with it being a clear sign of the increasing attentiveness to ‘our citizens are our customers', truly moved me. Thank you all for the wonderful hospitality you displayed on that day.

Herein, I hope that I can continue to look forward to timely and suitable responses from you all as we continue to work to enact the changes necessary for the new era.

Furthermore, on the 28th of April, the MallMall complex in the heart of our city celebrated its 1 year anniversary. I would like to give my thanks to all those involved who helped make this celebration a success.

Over the course of a year, we have had an extraordinary number of visitors to Mallmall, including 1.17 million at the library, 130,000 at Purepika, and 600,000 at the central plaza, with a total of 2 million visitors over all facilities at Mallmall. I once more extend my heartfelt thanks to all those involved.

Furthermore, over the course of the 10-day break, a number of events took place, bringing with them a large number of patrons each day. It was lovely to see so many people celebrating the one-year anniversary with us, and I thank all of the organizers of these events for the lovely display they put on.

Mallmall has most certainly had a fantastic start, but it is because of this that the coming year is so critically important. As such, I hope that I can count on all of you to push yourselves for that little bit of extra effort going forward.

Finally, I would like to talk briefly about the ‘Miyakonojo Philosophy' that was brought in as of the 1st of April. Last month I spoke of ‘Greetings as the Foundation of Everything', and this month, I would like to talk about the very first item in the philosophy, ‘The result of life or work = Attitude * Effort * Ability'.

‘The formula for life and work is composed of three elements: ability, effort, and attitude. To this end, even should one possess great ability, if it is not tempered through effort, no great result shall come to pass. Conversely, should one be lacking in ability, provided you maintain a burning passion, and continue to work to the best of one's abilities, such a person will produce results greater than those blessed with innate ability.

In addition, should one apply one's self to their work, one's abilities will naturally progress as a result.

To one's abilities and efforts, attitude is also multiplied. This attitude is a reflection of one's approach to life, and can range from negative to positive.

To this end, in order to achieve the utmost throughout one's life and work, it is important that alongside ability and effort, one possesses as a human being the right attitude.'

Throughout this explanation, it was mentioned that one's attitude is a reflection of one's approach to life. As an example, it may be easier to consider whether or not you are generally optimistic or pessimistic regarding all the things around you. In essence, even should you be undertaking the same result, the result of that work, dependent on whether it is faced with optimism or pessimism, will be significantly different.

The main point here is that the result of everything boils down to the feelings and attitude of each and every person. Let us all approach our work with enthusiasm and optimism.

Well then, as we enter into the Reiwa era, let us strive to take our city hall to greater heights, bring a smile to the face of all our citizens, and as a collective, continue to bring ever greater optimism and effort into our work.

 

'Smile Message' Audio

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

 


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