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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.

The Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 are a mere two-and-a-half years away. I will work positively to pump up the Tokyo 2020 Games, which are festivals of sports, peace and culture. In December, the city will be holding the marathon event for everyone, and also organizing events for experiencing the appeal of sporting activities and various cultural programs.

The population of Minato City rose to above 250,000 last February, for the first time in 54 years. In particular, the number of children born in our city continues to increase and in 2016 the total fertility rate reached 1.45, which is above the national average and top among Tokyo’s 23 cities. It is our pleasure to hear children's voice who will create the future from everywhere in the city. The city continues to actively support the healthy growth of children, by expanding nursery school capacity, enhancing Pupils’ Clubs and providing information relating to childcare and child-rearing.

The population continues to grow and is expected to reach 300,000 by 2027. The city will improve a finely turned service for everyone, the city rules created with input from all residents, and developing measures for communities, lifelong learning and health. To do this effectively, the city is revising the Minato City Basic Plan, FY2018 to FY2020.

Minato City is looking to the future in anticipation of people of all generations continuing to increase.

Firstly, to support child-rearing, the city will extend and reconstruct nursery schools, and attract or set up licensed nursery schools.

Next, to support people with disabilities, the city is promoting efforts to assist people in leading independent lives, including employment support and the development of group homes.
For senior citizens, the city is building a comprehensive community care system that will provide integrated support for home-based, medical, nursing and preventive care, and assistance in daily life, so that senior citizens can lead healthy and vibrant lives in a familiar environment.

Furthermore, for working-age residents, the city will provide support to prevent or treat lifestyle-related diseases, improve oral healthcare, mental healthcare, and enhance care for cancer patients. It is also promoting measures to realize better work-life balance.

Minato City residents’ safety and security must be maintained as the base of all measures.
Last April, the city implemented the Minato City Ordinance for Prohibition of Street Solicitation, which prohibits all street solicitation, waiting for customers and scouting activities in public places.
In preparation for a major disaster, the city has established a fund for disaster recovery and reconstruction to help residents to resume their daily lives quickly following a disaster. By March 2023 this fund will have reserves of 100 billion yen, which would be used to swiftly rebuild livelihoods and communities, assist companies in continuing or quickly resuming business activities, and reconstructing city infrastructure and services.

Minato City will continue to make every effort to realize communities, in which residents solve their community’s issues by themselves and help each other, then also everyone can lead fulfilling lives in safety and security.

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

Masaaki Takei

Masaaki Takei, Mayor of Minato City


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