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New Year’s Greetings from the Mayor

Masaaki Takei

As the Mayor of Minato City, I would like to wish everyone a happy and prosperous New Year.
Last December, the first Minato City Half Marathon 2018 was conducted. 5,000 runners from all over Japan and the world, including residents who love marathons ran a 21.0975 km course through the streetscapes of Minato City.
Also, 500 runners participated in the Fun run, which does not require running speed and can be enjoyed while wearing costumes. Regardless of nationalities and physical abilities, from children to senior citizens, everyone participated and experienced the appeal of sports. This event surely raised momentum toward the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 that will be conducted in a coming year and a half.
During the Tokyo 2020 Games, Odaiba Seaside Park will be used as a venue for triathlon competitions. By making Odaiba beach swimmable with the improvement of water quality, Minato City aims to pass on Odaiba beach as a legacy venue for the Tokyo 2020 Games.
Last June Minato City implemented a collaboration agreement with Paris. Paris is trying to make the Seine River swimmable for the triathlon competition and hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games 2024. From July 31 to August 5, last year, a sea bathing event called Odaiba Plages was conducted which 6,000 people enjoyed and participated in. This event is inspired by the Paris Plages, a summer seasonal event held in Paris. As Minato City has common goal with Paris, we will exchange information about the improvement of water quality and conduct events together in the future.
Last year, a number of strong natural disasters affected Japan, the heavy rainfall that struck southern Japan in July, and the powerful earthquakes that hit in Osaka Prefecture and Hokkaido. In the Osaka earthquake, an elementary school student became the victim of the collapsing walls of a municipal facility. Minato City immediately investigated all the walls of municipal facilities, removed and reformed unsecure fences and walls, and started a project to subsidize the fee for replacing and removing privately owned concrete block walls.
On June 3, 2006, the life of high school student was deprived by an elevator accident in a residential apartment in Minato City. To reassure the importance of lives and safety, and to bear this tragedy in mind, this day was determined as a “Minato City Safety Day.” Minato City will continue to ensure the safety and peace of mind of our residents as the basis of all measures.
The era of *Heisei will come to an end as of April 30, 2019. In 1996, due to the economic recession, the population of Minato City fell below 150,000. However, by actively maintaining the population of long-term residents and providing child-rearing support services, the population currently surpassed 257,000, which is a population increase on almost all of the age brackets.
Minato City will further strengthen support services for child-rearing families; solve long nursery school waiting lists; and enrich the educational environment. At the same time, welfare services for senior citizens and people with disabilities will be extended even more—by opening a welfare facility in Minami-azabu, maintaining Moto-azabu nursery school which nurtures children with disabilities and requiring medical care, and enhancing home-based support services for senior citizens.
We will dedicate all our power to realize a society and community where the human rights of all residents are respected and able to live with full of vitality.

We hope this year will be full of happiness and cheer for all of you.

 

Masaaki Takei

Masaaki Takei, Mayor of Minato City

*Heisei is the Japanese name for noting the period from 1989 to 2019.


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