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The 81st ‘Smile Message' from the Mayor (September 2nd)

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.

 

September 2nd, 2019 (Monday)

Good morning, everyone. As the August Smile Message was unfortunately cancelled due to preparations for the impending typhoon, this will be the first smile message in 2 months.

Firstly, as I just made mention of, with respect to the response towards Typhoons 8 & 10 that made landfall last month, I would like to thank all staff, especially the Crisis Management Division, for their efforts. Fortunately, there was no major loss of life or disastrous incidents as the typhoons made their way through, but as there is still the potential for further typhoons, I ask for your continued vigilance in this matter.

Further to this, from the 24th of July to the 10th of August, while Miyakonojo was hosting a number of national level high-school sporting events, including the men's volleyball, women's volleyball, and the national Kyudo competition, Typhoon 9 made its way near to Miyakonojo and impacted upon preparations. However, thanks once again to the response given by our staff from all related departments, especially the Sports Promotion Division and the Board of Education, each of these tournaments finished without incident. I would like to offer you all my heartfelt thanks for your efforts.

In addition, from a fortnight ago until last week, I would like to thank the over 800 staff that attended the ‘Beating the Summer Heat: Staff Social' over the 3 occasions that it was held.

I, myself, on those occasions, had the chance to speak with many of you whom I rarely have the opportunity to do so, and I am thankful myself for being able to. I also believe that it was a great opportunity for all of our staff to deepen their relations with many others at City Hall. Where possible, I would like to continue these socials next year and into the future, and I hope that all of those amongst you for whom the occasion suits will continue to join us.

Now then, as you are all likely aware, the rate of uptake of My Number Cards throughout Miyakonojo has gone from 30.60% to 33.84% as of July this year, bringing our city to the top in the nation. Due to this, and as a means of furthering the promotion of My Number, a survey is planned to be conducted as to the uptake amongst the families of national and local civil servants. As such, the results of this census are expected to be reported in a few months, and a survey is currently being circulated as we speak.

As the leading city throughout Japan, as an exemplification of how we have undertaken this, not only do we expect that our regular staff and their families will be central to the current survey, but also that our temporary & part-time staff and their families' uptake will be assessed. I ask that all of our staff please ensure that they and their families register and receive their My Number Card.

Further to this, from hereon in, the My Number Card will be used in accessing one's Health Insurance, and it is expected that further uses will be added in the future, making several aspects of daily life easier for My Number Card holders, or equivalently, that it will eventually become a necessity for all of us to obtain a My Number Card. With this in mind, I ask for everyone's understanding and cooperation in this matter.

Finally, I'd like to speak briefly with regards to the ‘Miyakonojo Philosophy'. I'd like to focus on a piece that will come up this month, the third passage of the second section of the first chapter, ‘Cheerful, Energetic, Positive and with a Pure Heart'. The following is written in the handbooks you have on pages 12 and 13:

 ‘It is thanks to the efforts of our seniors before us, who, persevering through any unfair treatment and any hardships, continuing to hold their ideals aloft through each and every day, with aspirations in hand and giving their utmost at all times, that we have as a result the City of Miyakonojo as it stands today. We, too, now undertake this work in order to pass on Miyakonojo City to the next generation, but we cannot proceed to do so through a pessimistic stance towards our work. Though it may be an extremely simple thing, it is first necessary to embrace the dreams of both oneself and Miyakonojo City. From there, we must proceed with a cheerful and energetic disposition, listening to those around us with an open and pure heart, and by living our lives with optimism, we may come to be the bearers of a bright future.'

With regards to ‘Cheerful, Energetic, Positive and with a Pure Heart' on this occasion, this forms part of the 'staff image' that we seek. In other words, I want to develop a workplace where our staff want to work together. For example, if there was someone who was ‘gloomy, sluggish, uncooperative and pessimistic', would you want to be working with them?

With regards to what was mentioned in the ‘Cheerful, Energetic, Positive and with a Pure Heart' section, in a similar fashion to talks given by Primary school principals or classroom teachers, there are a number of points that may appear blatantly obvious, but this ‘Cheerful, Energetic, Positive and with a Pure Heart' piece, above our work and our daily lives, speaks pointedly to a very fundamental part of what it is to be an adult, wouldn't you agree?

Additionally, in terms of the staff image that I'm aiming for, not once has mention been made of the facets required in order to do one's work, but I believe that a cheerful, energetic, positive person engaging in their work with a purity of heart, will not only be able to do their own work well, but also be able to help those around them.

Each and every one of us, were we to engage in our work ‘Cheerful, Energetic, Positive and with a Pure Heart', everyone would be able to enjoy the work that they do, and we would all be able to achieve fantastic results and attain success, without question. It is with this feeling in mind that I wish everyone to continue to work hard.

Well then, as we enter into September, Council general meetings are now starting up. In order for all of our submissions to council to pass through smoothly, I ask you all to approach this month's work readily as ever, and conclude this month's Smile Message by once more asking for your continued efforts this month.

'Smile Message' Audio

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

 


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