A message from the Governor to the Foreign Residents of Mie
Today we are at the Mie Prefectural Government Office to interview the Governor of Mie Prefecture, Eikei Suzuki. In August 2013 the Governor will visit Brazil and so we would like to take this opportunity to talk with him today about his trip.
Thais：My name is Thais and I work at the Mie Prefecture Multicultural Affairs Division. It’s nice to meet you. I hear you’re going to Brazil next month.
Governor: Yes, that’s right. From August 16th I will be visiting the state of San Paolo in Brazil. This year is the 40th anniversary of Mie Prefecture’s friendship with San Paolo and the 100th anniversary of citizens of Mie immigrating to Brazil. I am lucky enough to have been invited to join their celebrations.
Thais: That’s wonderful. As a Brazilian I’m really happy to have so many people from Mie visit my country. How many will be accompanying you?
Governor: There will be members from government bodies, businesses and NPOs, many, many different people. There will be 60 members of the delegation in total.
Thais: So many! Apart from attending the ceremonies marking each anniversary, will you have any objectives on this trip?
Governor: Well, our delegation has three goals. First, we would like to strengthen the relationship between Mie Prefecture and the state of San Paolo. Second, we would like to look for new ways that we can work together. And third, we hope to be able to promote Mie Prefecture.
Regarding our first goal, I’d like to meet the members of the Mie Prefecture Citizen Group in Brazil who have often lent us their assistance. In Mie we currently have Tsu City and Osasco City, Kumano City and Bastos City joined as sister cities. We’d like to strengthen their relations, as well as help organizations such as Suzuka’s Aidensha, Yokkaichi’s Heartopia Mie continue to bridge the gap between Mie and Brazil by improving the relationships they have with their counterparts in San Paolo.
For our second goal, we’d like to promote exchange in areas such as manufacturing and education. For example, the Department of Humanities at Mie University and the San Paolo University Department of Philosophy, Literature and Humanities already have an agreement between their departments but we would like this to become an agreement between the two universities as a whole and increase exchange between the two facilities.
Finally, promoting Mie. The San Paolo Consulate-General has informed us that there are around 1,500,000 Nikkei people in San Paolo and so we would like to promote Mie’s produce and food to these people. It would be great if they could get to know Mie a little better through our work.
Thais: Yes, let’s try to promote Mie together. Thank you very much, could I ask you to leave us with a message to the non-Japanese residents of Mie Prefecture?
Governor: I imagine that our non-Japanese residents are living in Mie because they like it. I would like them to feel that Mie is a nice place to live and I hope to put in place a strong support system, such as providing medical interpretation, help desks where they can ask for help and more, to help them when they need assistance. If there are problems I hope that they will make us aware of them.
I’d also like to ask them to help us promote Mie Prefecture in their home countries if they have a chance, to tell people what a nice place Mie is to live and work. I think that hearing about what a nice place to live Mie is from a non-Japanese who has lived there has a lot more power than if I or another government PR official were to say it. So I would like everyone to help us to promote Mie and live happily together in Mie Prefecture.