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Mr. Asagoe Goe is appointed “Land of Sunshine Ambassador”     Posted on March 30 2017

浅越ゴエさんが「おかやま晴れの国大使」に就任

On March 30th, Kansai area comedian and Okayama City native, Mr. Asagoe GOE assumed office as one of Okayama’s “Land of Sunshine Ambassadors”.

Mr. Asagoe GOE will, as ambassador, promote Okayama activities from outside the prefecture, and assist the prefecture with its PR efforts etc.

Mr. Asagoe GOE received his letter of appointment and intently stated “I am very happy to be an ambassador. I want to continually promote Okayama to the people in Kansai.” 

The Meisei Gakuin Senior High School Japanese Calligraphy Club visit with the Governor       Posted on March 22nd, 2017

明誠学院高等学校書道部が知事を表敬訪問

On March 22nd, Governor Ibaragi received a visit by the members of the Meisei Gakuin Senior High School Japanese Calligraphy Club, which won the grand prize (First Prize for Individual Submission) at the “21st National High School and University Student Japanese Calligraphy Exhibition” (sponsored by the Japan Calligraphic Art Society) held in July of last year. The group received other prizes as well in group and individual categories, and has obtained several prestigious awards at various national events.

The Governor celebrated with the club stating “I believe that the amazing results they achieve every year are proof of the hard work they put forward each day. The efforts that take place at their school are an extraordinary asset.”

The Club President, Ms. Morinaka, expressed her gratitude with the following statement: “I am very happy at the results we are able to report after a year of hard work. We hope to continue to reach people’s hearts through our works.”   

“Okayama Child Care Support Declaration Company” Okayama Prefectural Governor Award Ceremony        Posted on February 17, 2017

「おかやま子育て応援宣言企業」の岡山県知事賞贈呈式を開催

On February 17, “Okayama Child Care Support Declaration Company” Okayama Prefectural Governor Award Ceremony was held at Okayama Prefectural Government Office.

This award is to commend the companies which have achieved excellent results serving as a model for others among the Okayama Child Care Support Declaration Companies, striving positively to provide a work environment to balance work and childcare and support childcare in communities.

Governor Ibaragi presented certificates of commendation to the representatives of Okamura Isshindow Hospital, STRIPE INTERNATIONAL INC, KURABIZ, INC and Plant Okayama of DO-1 SEWING INC.

2016 Okayama Prefecture Top Athletes Award Ceremony         Posted on February 17, 2017

2016岡山県トップアスリート賞等表彰式

On February 17, 2016 Okayama Prefecture Top Athletes Award Ceremony, which presents awards to those who contributed to raising awareness of the prefectural sports, was held at Okayama Prefectural Government Office.

52 individuals and 14 groups were commended with the Okayama Prefecture Top Athletes Award, 2 individuals were commended with the Okayama Prefecture Sports Masters Award and 3 individuals and 2 groups were commended with entry into the Okayama Prefecture Honorary Sports Hall of Fame.

The awardees were presented certificates of commendation by Governor Ibaragi.

Ms. Mayu Watanabe, a Member of AKB48 Pay Courtesy Visit to the Governor     Posted on January 23, 2017

AKB48 渡辺麻友さんが知事を表敬訪問

On January 23, Ms. Mayu Watanabe, a member of AKB48, paid a courtesy visit to Governor Ibaragi in order to recruit the member of STU48 group, which is a sister group of AKB 48, whose activities are based out of the Setouchi region.

Ms. Watanabe stated “I can hardly wait because this will be the first attempt at performing on a ship and I would like to ask for the people of Okayama to support us.” and The Governor responded, “This is a wonderful plan to develop the Setouchi region. I hope that many people from Okayama will apply for STU48.”

Okayama Technology Exhibition (OTEX) 2017            Posted on January 18, 2017

おかやまテクノロジー展(OTEX)2017を開催1    おかやまテクノロジー展(OTEX)2017を開催2

Okayama Technology Exhibition 2017, which is the largest exhibition and business meetings for the mechanical manufacturing technology in the Chugoku Shikoku region, was held at Convex Okayama for two days from January 18.

Exhibition sites were crowded with about 7,300 visitors far exceeding the previous year. 152 small and medium size companies and organizations actively promoted their best processing technology and processed products to further the campaign for “Manufacturing Prefecture, Okayama”.

Governor Ibaragi made an opening speech and encouraged exhibitors to walk around the booths.

JA Okayama Fruit and Vegetables Producer’s Association Pakchee (Coriander) Branch Paid a Courtesy Visit to the Governor     Posted on December 26, 2016

JA岡山青果物生産組合パクチー部会が知事を表敬訪問

On December 26, the members from the Okayama City JA Fruit and Vegetables Producer’s Association Pakchee Branch, paid a courtesy visit to the Governor to expand production and carry out promotions for the Okayaman grown pakchee.

Okayaman grown pakchee is called the Okapaku. Pakchee has received attention such as “Pakchee Cuisine”, and was chosen as “2016 Dish of the Year” sponsored by Gurunavi Research Institute.

Pakchee Producer Ueda said “I am very glad that our activities including the use of the name of place, Okayama, have received praise.”  The Governor said, “I hope that the name Okapaku will reach out to a lot of places.”

Player Toshiki Uematsu (the Asian Soft Tennis Championship Winner) Pays Courtesy Visit to the Governor      Posted on December 13, 2016

アジアソフトテニス選手権大会で優勝した上松俊貴(うえまつ としき)選手が知事を表敬訪問

On December 13, Mr. Toshiki Uematsu (Okayama University of Science High School), who participated in the 8th Asian Soft Tennis Championship and won the championship as the youngest player in Japanese Men’s doubles history, paid a courtesy visit to Governor Ibaragi.

The Governor said, “Congratulations on securing the championship. I am proud of you and you are an ideal high school student. I wish you continued prosperity.”  Player Uematsu expressed his wishes, “I got a lot of support because this championship was held in Japan.  I would like to continue making efforts in securing the championship on the domestic and international competition.”

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Peru to Japan Pays Courtesy Visit to the Governor    Posted on December 1, 2016

駐日ペルー共和国特命全権大使が知事を表敬訪問

On December 1, His Excellency Mr. Elard Alberto ESCALA Sanchez-Barreto, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Peru to Japan, paid a courtesy visit to Governor Ibaragi.
The Ambassador talked about his impression of Bizen Middle-South America Museum and Okayama Prefecture.

The Governor said “I look forward to the exchange between Okayama and Peru becoming more prosperous into the future through your Excellency’s visit to Okayama.”

 “Autumn Fantasy Garden” Lighting Ceremony Held at Okayama Korakuen Garden       Posted on November 18th, 2016

岡山後楽園「秋の幻想庭園」点灯式を開催1         岡山後楽園「秋の幻想庭園」点灯式を開催2

On November 18, a special night-time lighting “Autumn Fantasy Garden” opened at Okayama Korakuen Garden during the foliage season (Autumn leaves).

As a signal to light up the garden, therō nagashi was performed by Governor Ibaragi and others. All of the garden illuminations were lit up, with the grass decorated with Wagasa, Japanese umbrellas, and together with the beautiful autumn colored leaves.

The exhibition for the Wagasa Japanese umbrella museum and stained glass, and music performance at the Noh stage is held inside the building and with the “Autumn Fantasy Garden” until November 27.

Okayama Marathon 2016          Posted on November 13, 2016

おかやまマラソン2016を開催1          おかやまマラソン2016を開催2

おかやまマラソン2016を開催3

On November 13, Okayama Marathon 2016 was held in Okayama City. This race has a high reputation from marathon participants because of Okayama’s charm, “Omotenashi(hospitality) food service” where local foods are provided such as ramen noodles, and medals made of traditional crafts, Bizen pottery and Sanada-himo strap, were given to those who finished the marathon.

About 16,000 runners including Governor Ibaragi, Mayor Omori of Okayama City, Okayama Marathon Special Ambassador Yuko Arimori and comedian Daigo of “Chidori”, raced through the streets of Okayama City viewing Okayama Castle and Okayama Korakuen Garden.

Welcome Ceremony for Tohoku Rakuten Eagles to Autumn Training Camp          Posted on November 1, 2016

東北楽天ゴールデンイーグルス秋季キャンプの歓迎式典を開催1        東北楽天ゴールデンイーグルス秋季キャンプの歓迎式典を開催2

On November 1, a welcome ceremony was held at Muscat Stadium for the Tohoku Rakuten Eagles for their autumn training camp. Governor Ibaragi made a welcome speech and presented the team with Okayama local products such as “Okayama Wagyu” beef and “Shine Muscat” grapes.

Many fans visited the baseball stadium to cheer for Manager Nashida and the players.

This year is the sixth consecutive year that the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles had an autumn training camp at Muscat Stadium.

Public Health Nurse Team sent to the earthquake stricken area in central Tottori Prefecture             Posted on October 24, 2016

鳥取県中部地震の被災地へ保健師チームを派遣

On October 23, a departure ceremony was held for the prefecture public health nurse team comprising of 6 members (public health nurses) who will be sent out to the stricken area by the earthquake centered in central Tottori Prefecture.

Governor Ibaragi provided words of encouragement, saying, “Please help and aid the health of the affected individuals.” A team member voiced their determination, “No matter how small, we will make efforts to provide relief to all residents.

This team will carry out health consultations for the residents at the evacuation center and other places.

Okayama Prefectural Citizen’s Honor Award and Okayama Prefectural Sports Special Commendation Ceremony       Posted on October 4, 2016

岡山県県民栄誉賞・岡山県スポーツ特別顕賞授与式を開催

On October 4, Athletes Tomoki Sato and Yuka Kiyama attended the Okayama Prefectural Citizen’s Honor Award and Okayama Prefectural Sports Special Commendation Ceremony, held at the Okayama Prefectural Government Office to report the results of their wheelchair track and field, from the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games.

The Governor presented the Okayama Prefectural Citizen’s Honor Award to athlete Tomoki Sato, who achieved a silver medal in the male’s 400m T52 and 1500m T52 wheelchair track and field, and also presented the Okayama Prefectural Sports Special Commendation to athlete Yuka Kiyama, who won fourth prize in the female’s 400m T52 and 100m T52 wheelchair track and field.

South Australia Willunga High School Delegation Pays Courtesy Visit to Vice Governor      Posted on September 28, 2016

南オーストラリア州ウィランガ高校訪問団が副知事を表敬訪問

On September 28, a delegation from South Australia Willunga High School, with whom Okayama Shoka University High School has established a sister school agreement, paid a courtesy visit to Vice Governor Miyachi. The Delegation will stay for about one week in Okayama, promoting exchange with the students of Okayama Shoka University High School.

Vice Governor said that “I hope you will gain a deeper comprehension of the history and culture of Okayama and promote Okayama after your return to your home country and be active to further our relationship between Australia and Japan.”

Overseas Technical Trainees Pay Courtesy Visit to Governor      Posted on September 5, 2016

海外技術研修員が知事を表敬訪問

On September 5, Five trainees from Brazil, China, Myanmar and Nepal came to Okayama as participants of the international contribution “Local to Local” technology transfer project (overseas technical trainee hosting project) run by the Prefectural government. Along with their host organizations, they paid a courtesy visit to Governor Ibaragi.

Topics such as the outcomes of their three to four months of technical training and future aspirations, as well as impressions of Okayama were discussed. The governor offered encouragement, saying,
“I look forward to all of you contributing to the development of your home countries using the techniques and knowledge you have acquired, while also becoming bridges of friendship between your home countries and Okayama Prefecture”.

Agricultural Products Promotion at Supermarket in Taiwan       Posted on August 9, 2016

台湾の百貨店で農産物をPR1           台湾の百貨店で農産物をPR2

On August 9 and 10, Governor Ibaragi visited Taiwan and it’s supermarkets, the biggest export destination for Okayama, in order to strengthen sales and carry out promotions for export expansion in regards to prefectural agricultural products.

Okayama’s high quality fruits are very popular in Taiwan. The Governor engaged in promoting the charms of agricultural products through giving out food samples such as white peaches and grapes.

Korea South Gyeongsang Province Youth Delegation Pays Courtesy Visit to Vice Governor    Posted on August 8, 2016

韓国慶尚南道青少年訪問団が副知事を表敬訪問

On August 8, a youth delegation comprising of 21 junior and senior high school students from South Gyeongsang Province, Korea with whom Okayama Prefectural Government has established a sister province/prefecture agreement, visited Okayama and paid a courtesy visit to Vice Governor Miyachi.

The Vice Governor gave them a hearty cheer saying, “To expose yourselves to other cultures and values at a young age is a precious experience for you in order to widen your international perspectives. I also wish for you to act as a bridgeof friendship between Okayama and Korea in the future.”

Paralympic Games Athletes Courtesy Visit to Governor      Posted on August 4, 2016

パラリンピック代表選手が知事を表敬訪問

On August 4, Athletes Hitoshi Matsunaga, Yuka Kiyama and Tomoki Sato, who will represent Japan at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games as wheelchair track and field participants, paid a courtesy visit to Governor Ibaragi. 

After each athlete voiced their determination to the Games, the Governor provided words of encouragement, saying, “I wish you perform well at the major international venue in Rio”and presented them with flower bouquets.

Commemorative Event held to celebrate the new flight-service between Okayama and Taipei      Posted on July 14, 2016

「岡山―台北線」の就航記念行事を開催

On July 14, there was a commemorative event celebrating the new flight service between Okayama and Taipei held at Okayama Airport. The Tigerair Taiwan inaugural arrival flight was welcomed by an arching spray of water and the distribution of commemorative souvenirs to arrival guests as the tape cutting was held.

Governor Ibaragi said, “I would like to strive to promote the mutual use of this route, from Okayama to Taiwan and from Taiwan to Okayama, and I hope that it will continue to grow and expand”.

Soccer Player Shinya Yajima Pays Courtesy Visit to Governor    Posted on July 8, 2016

矢島慎也選手(サッカー)が知事を表敬訪問

On July 8, Mr. Shinya Yajima, who was selected to be a Japanese soccer team member of Rio 2016 Olympic Games, paid a courtesy visit to Governor Ibaragi.

Mr. Yajima expressed his decision that “on behalf of Okayama, I would like to play with all of my strength.”  Governor Ibaragi encouraged, “I will be rooting for you from Okayama and we wish you a good performance in Rio.” He then presented him with a bouquet of flowers.

The EU Ambassador to Japan Pays Courtesy Visit to Governor      Posted on 2016 6 30

駐日欧州連合大使が知事を表敬訪問

On June 30, His Excellency Viorel Isticioaia-Budura, the EU Ambassador to Japan, paid a courtesy visit to Governor Ibaragi.

They talked about G7 Kurashiki Education Ministers’ Meeting in Okayama held this May, and strengthening the exchange and cooperation between the EU and Okayama Prefecture.

Kake Educational Institution Cultural Training Delegation to Japan Pays Courtesy Visit to Vice Governor   Posted on 2016 6 28

加計学園訪日文化研修団が副知事を表敬訪問  

On June 28,a training delegation from the Wright State University and the University of Findlay from Ohio State, United States of America, paid a courtesy visit to Vice Governor Miyachi. The program promotes educational exchanges between the aforementioned universities and Kake Educational Institution. They will learn about Japanese life and culture during their stay in Japan for about three weeks.

Vice Governor Miyachi said, “I wish that you gain deep understanding of Okayama’s history and culture during your stay and share your experiences at Okayama with those back home.”

Debriefing Meeting Held for Repatriated Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers     Posted on May 25, 2016

青年海外協力隊等帰国報告会を開催

On May 25th, a debriefing meeting was held at Okayama Prefectural Government for the Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers who returned to Japan.

Three Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers and a Senior Volunteer returned from Republic of Botswana, Republic of Fiji, and Republic of Malawi, respectively. The volunteers, all from Okayama prefecture, shared their stories and valuable experiences from abroad to Vice Governor Miyachi.

Ministerial Colleagues Participating in G7 Kurashiki Education Ministers’ Meeting in Okayama Visit Okayama Korakuen Garden       Posted on May 15, 2016

G7倉敷教育大臣会合各国閣僚が後楽園を視察

On May 15, after the G7 Kurashiki Education Ministers’ Meeting in Okayama, Ministerial colleagues from each country visited Okayama Korakuen Garden.

Education Ministers enjoyed a view of the Garden from Enyo-tei House in a guided tour by Governor Ibaragi. Also, they experienced Japan and Okayama Prefecture’s culture through watching Kyogen performance at the Noh stage and picking green tea leaves at a tea field in the Garden.

Okayama Education Symposium Meeting                  Posted on April 30, 2016

「おかやま教育シンポジウム」を開催1         「おかやま教育シンポジウム」を開催2

On April 30th, the Okayama Education Symposium, an official associated event of G7 Kurashiki Education Ministers’ Meeting in Okayama, was held at Kurashiki Ivy Square. 

During the first portion of this symposium, Ms. Makiko Nakamuro, Assistant Professor of Keio University made a keynote speech and Governor Ibaragi gave a presentation on the subject of “changing the world – raising global leaders from Okayama” 

In the second portion, a panel discussion was held and panelists including Ms. Nakamuro and Governor Ibaragi, eagerly discussed mattersregarding education for raising global leaders. 

Participants from the Hong Kong Media Interview Tour Pay Courtesy Visit to Governor        Posted on April 14, 2016

香港メディア取材ツアー参加者が知事を表敬訪問

On April 14th, participants from the Hong Kong media interview tour which was conducted by Okayama Prefectural Government and Hong Kong Airlines, paid a courtesy visit to Governor Ibaragi. 

This tour was conducted for the purpose of promoting utilization and increasing awareness in Hong Kong about the Okayama Hong Kong route. Participants were journalists from newspapers and magazines from Hong Kong, reported their impression of the interview tour to the Governor. 

In the future, the contents of this interview tour will be reported in various media in Hong Kong.

Opening Event held for the “Destination Campaign: The Land of Sunshine Okayama”       Posted on April 2, 2016

「晴れの国おかやまデスティネーションキャンペーン」オープニングイベントを開催1          「晴れの国おかやまデスティネーションキャンペーン」オープニングイベントを開催2

On April 2nd, an Opening event for “Destination Campaign: The Land of Sunshine Okayama” was held at the plaza in front of the Korakuen exit (east exit) at JR Okayama Station.

After greeting the group of around 800 tourists who travelled by Shinkansen and the many tourists at the station platform and the plaza, a Kusudama (a decorative ornamental ball) was broken as part of the welcoming ceremony.

The Governor said, “We will make efforts to welcome visitors and promote to them about Okayama’s unique charm.”

Commemorative Event held to celebrate the new flightservice between Okayama and Hong Kong     Posted on March 28, 2016 

「岡山-香港線」の就航記念行事を開催1           「岡山-香港線」の就航記念行事を開催2

On March the 28th, there was a commemorative event celebrating the new flight service between Okayama and Hong Kong held at Okayama Airport. 

As the Hong Kong airlines aircraft landed, it was welcomed by an arch of water sprayed out by two airport fire trucks and a tape-cutting ceremony was also held.

Governor Ibaragi said, “I would like to strive to promote bidirectional use of this route and wish for it to continually grow and expand”.

Youth International Net Forum Held In Okayama        Posted on March 24, 2016

「青少年国際ネットフォーラム in OKAYAMA」を開催1          「青少年国際ネットフォーラム in OKAYAMA」を開催2

 

「青少年国際ネットフォーラム in OKAYAMA」を開催3

On March 24th, the “Youth International Net Forum in Okayama” was held within Okayama city.

This forum is an official associated side event of G7 Kurashiki Education Ministers’ Meeting with the aim of exploring policies for youth to be better involved with the net society. About 200 junior and senior high school students participated in this event.

Following the opening address by Governor Ibaragi, there was a case study presentation from the Okayama Minami Senior High School Students, a speech by Associate Director Takeuchi of the University of Hyogo and a panel discussion consisting of international students from various countries.

Reporting on the progress of G7 Kurashiki Education Ministers’ Meeting in Okayama     Posted on February 10, 2016

G7倉敷教育大臣会合に関する準備状況を国に報告

On February the 10th, Governor Ibaragi paid a visit to the Ministry of Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in order to inform of Okayama’s preparations in regards to the G7 Kurashiki Education Ministers’ Meeting in Okayama held in May.

Governor Ibaragi met with Minister Hase to explain about the related events such as the Okayama Education Symposium hosted by Okayama Prefectural Government. The Governor hopes the meeting would be a good opportunity for prefectural citizens to be aware of the importance of education.

Consulate-General of the Republic of the Philippines in Osaka Pays Courtesy Visit to Governor     Posted on February 8, 2016

在大阪・神戸フィリピン共和国総領事が知事を表敬訪問

On February the 8th, Ms. Maria Teresa L. Taguiang, Consulate-General of the Republic of the Philippines in Osaka, paid a courtesy visit to Governor Ibaragi.

She held various talks such as support measures for automobile industries implemented by the Philippine Government and about the Okayama International Business Association (OIBA) member’ visit to the Philippines from February 14.

The Governor stated, “As 2016 marks the 60th anniversary normalization of diplomatic ties between Japan and Philippines, I hope the bond between Japan and the Philippines will continue to prosper and become deeper.”

President of Hong Kong Airlines Japan Branch and Governor hold a Joint Press Conference      Posted on February 1, 2016

香港航空日本支社長と知事の共同記者会見を開催

On February the 1st, Mr. Chen, President of Japan Branch of Hong Kong Airlines Limited and Governor Ibaragi held a Joint Press Conference and announced thatfor the first time in eight years, the Okayama-Hong Kong route will go back into service from March the 28th.

The Governor stated that “Hong Kong ranks as the top district for the number of foreigners staying within Okayama Prefecture. The established inbound route between the 2 cities has long been anticipated. I hope the flights between the 2 cities will continue to grow and would like to support it from here on out.”

Chairman of the Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board Pays Courtesy Visit to Governor       Posted on January 26, 2016

インドネシア共和国投資調整庁長官が知事を表敬訪問

On January 26, Mr. Franky Sibarani, Chairman of the Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board, paid a courtesy visit to Governor Ibaragi.

Mr. Sibarani introduced a new investment system upon Governor’s request during his visit in Indonesia last October.

Governor stated that he looks “forward for the business exchange between Okayama and Indonesia to become more prosperous.”

Yukari Miyake Appointed “Land of Sunshine Okayama Ambassador”        Posted on January 5, 2016

三宅由佳莉さんが「おかやま晴れの国大使」に就任!

On January 5, Ms. Yukari Miyake of Kurashiki City, Okayama Prefecture, who is referred to as the songstress of Maritime Self-Defense Force, was appointed “Land of Sunshine Okayama Ambassador.”

Ms. Miyake is a vocalist in the Maritime Self-Defense Force Band, and receives supportive appraisals for her versatile in singing any genre.

After receiving a certificate, Ms. Miyake expressed her enthusiasm for her role as an Ambassador. “I hope for many people to know Okayama’s charms. Monge (Okayama dialect for super) ganbarimasu (I will try my best as an Ambassador.)”

Avian Influenza Prevention Pact Tied with Truck Association       Posted on December 21, 2015

県トラック協会と鳥インフルエンザ発生に備えた協定を締結

On December 21, Okayama Prefectural Government tied an agreement with Okayama Truck Association, with the terms of carrying out operations such as transportation of disease prevention materials in case of a highly pathogenic avian influenza outbreak.   

Other bases of support implemented through this agreement include securing necessary vehicles and dispatching experts of distribution. 

Okayama Prefecture Office will continue with the efforts of providing quick and appropriate response in an outbreak of avian influenza, to minimize the impact on the chicken industry and citizens of Okayama.

Okayama Musashi Club Award and Special Award Presented       Posted on December 7, 2015

岡山武蔵倶楽部大賞・特別賞を受賞

On December 7, the 12th Okayama Musashi Club Award and Special Award Ceremony, which presents awards to those who contributed to create Okayama’s charm, was held in Okayama City. 

The first Okayama Marathon held in November was elected for the grand prize and Mr. Okazaki, Chairman of Okayama Musashi Club, presented a plaque to Governor Ibaragi and Mayor Omori of Okayama City on behalf of the Okayama Marathon Executive Committee. 

Okayama Prefecture’s promotional catchphrase “Monge Okayama!” also received a Special Prize.

Okayama Musashi Club is an association comprised of branch chiefs and executives of enterprises local and outside of the prefecture.

“Autumn Fantasy Garden” Lighting Ceremony Held at Okayama Korakuen Garden   Posted on November 20th, 2015

岡山後楽園「秋の幻想庭園」点灯セレモニーを開催1         岡山後楽園「秋の幻想庭園」点灯セレモニーを開催2

On November 20, a special night-time lighting “Autumn Fantasy Garden” opened at Okayama Korakuen Garden, one of the three great gardens of Japan.

During the lighting ceremony attended by Vice Governor Ashiba, illuminations of the garden were lit up simultaneously as the rō nagashi, or floating lanterns, with the performance of the shinobue flute. The autumn garden was surrounded by fantasy lights.

 “Autumn Fantasy Garden” has been held until November 29. 

Welcome Ceremony for Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles to Autumn Training Camp   Posted on November 2, 2015

 東北楽天ゴールデンイーグルス秋季キャンプの歓迎式典1           東北楽天ゴールデンイーグルス秋季キャンプの歓迎式典2

On November 2, a welcome ceremony was held at Muscat Stadium for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles for their Autumn Training Camp. Governor Ibaragi made a welcome speech and presented the team with “Okayama Wagyu.”

 Many fans visited the baseball stadium to cheer for the new manager, Nashida, and the players.

This year is the fifth consecutive year that the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles had an autumn training camp at Muscat Stadium.

Public Training Held for Participation in the First Okayama Marathon Fun Run     Posted on 2015 10 22

第1回おかやまマラソンファンラン出場に向け、公開練習!1          第1回おかやまマラソンファンラン出場に向け、公開練習!2

 On October 22, Governor Ibaragi, who will participate in the First Okayama Marathon Fun Run to be held on November 8, practiced running in public at the Okayama Prefectural Multipurpose Grounds to promote the Okayama Marathon.

Under the clear autumn sky, the Governor built up a sweat running the approximately 1km circuit through the Tsushima Yayoi Square and Forest of Sports Area three times.

Governor Ibaragi Visits Indonesia         Posted on 2015 10 7         

伊原木知事がインドネシアを訪問1      伊原木知事がインドネシアを訪問2

For 5 days from October 7 to 11, Governor Ibaragi, together with a delegation comprised of such members as Prefectural Assembly Speaker Ono, visited Indonesia to research the business deployment of enterprises operating overseas and carried out PR for prefectural agricultural products.

In addition to inspecting enterprises operating overseas and exchanging opinions, the Governor also visited Mr. Franky Sibarani, Chairman of the Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board, to request support for enterprises expanding from Okayama Prefecture.

He also engaged in PR for Okayama prefectural grapes by providing samples at an expensive Indonesian supermarket, and carried out an exchange of opinions with logistics representatives in order to try to establish the export of prefectural agricultural products to Indonesia.

Overseas Technical Trainees Pay Courtesy Visit to Governor     Posted: 30 September 2015

海外技術研修員(Overseas Technical Trainees)が知事を表敬訪問

  30 Sept., Five trainees from Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, China, and Myanmar in Okayama as participants of the international contribution “Local to Local” technology transfer project (overseas technical trainee hosting project) run by the Prefectural government, along with their host organisations, paid a courtesy visit to Governor Ibaragi.
  Topics such as the outcomes of the two to four months of technical training and future aspirations, as well as impressions of Okayama and favourite Japanese cuisine were discussed. The governor offered encouragement, saying “I look forward to all of you contributing to the development of your home countries using the techniques and knowledge you have acquired, while also becoming bridges of friendship between your home countries and Okayama Prefecture”. 

Ambassador of the Republic of Belarus to Japan Pays Courtesy Visit to Vice Governor    Posted: 18 September 2015

駐日ベラルーシ共和国大使が副知事を表敬訪問

   September 18, His Excellency Mr. Sergei Rakhmanov, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Belarus to Japan, paid a courtesy visit to Vice Governor Miyachi. The Ambassador provided an introduction of such aspects of the Republic of Belarus as its advanced industry, flourishing sports, and famous tourist spots. Aspects that Belarus shares with Okayama Prefecture, such as the beautiful nature and lack of natural disasters, were also discussed.
  Touching on the establishment of the Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Belarus in Okayama in July, the Vice Governor said “I look forward to exchange between Okayama and the Belarus becoming more and more prosperous into the future”.

Top Sales as Hong Kong “Food Expo 2015”  Posted: 13 August 2015

香港「FoodExpo2015」でトップセールス1           香港「FoodExpo2015」でトップセールス2

 13 August, Governor Ibaragi visited the venue of Hong Kong’s largest scale food trade show, “Food Expo 2015”, in order to carry out PR aimed at strengthening the sales and expanding the exports of prefecturally produced agricultural produce.
 While providing tasting samples to attendees, the governor carried out PR for Okayama Prefecture white peaches, and also visited and offered words of encouragement at the booths run by Okayama based business operators.
 Additionally, an exchange of opinions regarding the market growth of in such areas as prefecturally produced farm produce was also conducted with Ms. Clare Wong, Assistant Executive Director of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, the sponsor of the event.

Okayama Korakuen Garden “Garden of Dreams” Light Up Ceremony held Posted: 1 August 2015

岡山後楽園「幻想庭園」点灯式を開催

1 August, The seasonal symbol of summer in Okayama, the “Garden of Dreams”, a special period of late night opening of Okayama Korakuen Garden, was opened.
Governor Ibaragi, together with approximately 200 visitors to the garden, took part in a light balloon parade that added colour to the lighting ceremony. A light up count down was then performed, with all of the garden illuminations coming alight simultaneously.
This year marks the 16th “Garden of Dreams”, with an abundance of new events planned to be held until August 31.

National Governors’ Association in Okayama held    Posted on 2015 7 28

全国知事会in岡山を開催

For two days from 28 July, the 35th session of the National Governors’ Association Meeting, which is held in rural cities, was held in Okayama City, and saw vigorous discussions conducted on regional revitalization, measures for addressing declining births, and securing local tax revenue sources.

The “Regional Revitalization Declaration” was adopted with regards to regional revitalization, the main theme of this meeting.

Governor Ibaragi, as governor of the host prefecture, welcomed governors from nationwide and guided them on a tour of the Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter and Okayama Korakuen Garden, and prepared for them regional specialty products such as white peaches, andpione and muscat grapes.  

Governor Ibaragi visits Vietnam and Thailand    Posted: July 14, 2015

伊原木知事がベトナム・タイを訪問1           伊原木知事がベトナム・タイを訪問2

For 6 days from July 14 to 19, Governor Ibaragi visited Vietnam and Thailand to engage in opinion exchange with Okayama Prefecture affiliated businesses, and tourism promotion. In Vietnam, he visited Mr. Nguyen Noi, Deputy Director of the Ministry of Planning and Investment Foreign Investment Agency, a government agency responsible for improving the investment environment, and asked for overseas business support for advances from Okayama based businesses.

In Thailand, in cooperation with five prefectures of the Chugoku region, Okayama’s charm points were advertised through a tourism promotion meeting for increasing tourists to Okayama, and other PR events.

Miho Fukumoto and Aya Miyama Awarded Okayama Prefectural Sports Special Commendation   Posted:July 10, 2015

福元美穂選手、宮間あや選手に岡山県スポーツ特別顕賞を授与1          福元美穂選手、宮間あや選手に岡山県スポーツ特別顕賞を授与2

On July 10, Okayama Yunogo Belles’ Miho Fukumoto and Aya Miyama, who participated in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada as members of Japan’s national women’s soccer team, visited Okayama Prefectural Government Office to report the results of the World Cup and attend the Okayama Prefectural Sports Special Commendation Ceremony.

Both players said “While we did not achieve our goal of winning the World Cup, we played with all of our strength. From here on we will be playing our hardest as members of Okayama Yunogo Belle, and we ask for your continued support”.

Governor Ibaragi said, “Prefectural citizens were greatly encouraged by your team work against the opponent players, who have more physical strength than you, and in the face of pressure as previous champions”. He then presented them with Okayama Prefectural Sports Special Commendations and praised their play.

Call for Businesses to take “Ikuboss Declaration”        Posted: June 29, 2015 

経済団体へ「イクボス宣言」に係る協力要請1          経済団体へ「イクボス宣言」に係る協力要請2

On June 29, Governor Ibaragi visited Mr. Hiroshi Nakashima, Chairman of Okayama Economic Coordination Council, to request cooperation to expand implementation of the “Ikuboss Declaration” to the member companies in Okayama Prefecture.

“Ikuboss” pertains to supervisors who strive to provide a work environment that is easy for their subordinates to balance work and childcare. As part of this measure, Ikuboss would encourage his or her subordinates to take childcare leave. Governor Ibaragi is an advocate and made the Declaration himself.

Manzai Comedy Duo “Chidori” Pays Courtesy Visit to the Governor      Posted: June 15, 2015

漫才コンビ「千鳥」が知事を表敬訪問!

On June 15, Daigo and Nobu of manzai comedy duo “Chidori” paid a courtesy visit to Governor Ibaragi to promote “Yoshimoto Great Exhibition Sports Festival in Muscat Stadium,” an event celebrating the 20th anniversary of the opening of Kurashiki Sports Park, which will be held in October.

Chidori has also been promoting Okayama after being appointed as the “Land of Sunshine Okayama Ambassador” in February of this year.

Tie-In Promotion with Disney’s New Movie Tomorrowland          Posted: May 29, 2015

ディズニー新作映画と岡山県がタイアップ

On May 29, Governor Ibaragi announced to implement a tie-in promotional activity for Disney’s new movie, Tomorrowland, and the Okayama Prefecture.

Actress Mirai Shida, who dubbed in the Japanese version, visited the Prefectural Government to promote the movie by sharing its highlights, and posing with the movie’s symbolic T emblem pin.

National Advertising and Promotion Council Launch “Destination Campaign: The Land of Sunshine Okayama”    Posted: May 20, 2015 

晴れの国おかやまデスティネーションキャンペーン 全国宣伝販売促進会議を開催

On May 20, National Advertising and Promotion Council was held in Okayama City for Destination Campaign, Spring 2016.

About 600 people, including travel agencies and media representatives from home and abroad, were invited. The event highlighted Okayama’s charm points and requested participants’ cooperation with increasing inbound visitors by creating travel promotions.

Korean Air Announces Increase in Okayama-Seoul Flights   Posted: April 28, 2015

大韓航空日本地域本部が「岡山―ソウル線」の増便をPR

On April 28, Korean Air Lines Regional Director, Mr. Jung-Ho Choi, visited Okayama Prefectural Governor, Mr. Ibaragi, to announce and promote the increase of Okayama-to-Seoul flights to nine per week, from June 4 until August 10. 

Governors’ Alliance for Supporting Future Generation for Japan’s Revitalization                         Posted: April 20, 2015  

日本創生のための将来世代応援知事同盟の立ち上げ式

On April 20, inauguration ceremony for Governors’ Alliance for Supporting Future Generation for Japan’s Revitalization was held at the Todofuken Kaikan (Prefectures Center) in Tokyo, with the presence of Mr. Shigeru Ishiba, Minister in charge of Overcoming Population Decline and Vitalizing Local Economy in Japan.

Okayama Prefecture Governor Mr. Ibaragi expressed his determination and announced that a summit will be held in Okayama on May 23, 2015 as a first step of the project.

Meisei Gakuin Senior High School Japanese Calligraphy Club Pays Courtesy Visit to Governor  posted on 2015 3 30

明誠学院高等学校書道部が知事を表敬訪問

 30 March, The members of the Meisei Gakuin Senior High School Japanese Calligraphy Club, who, as well as achieving excellent individual and group results in a number of national events, received the Japanese Calligraphy Exhibition Grand Prize (individual; first place) at the “19th All Japan High School and University Student Japanese Calligraphy Exhibition (sponsored by the Japan Calligraphic Art Society)” held in July last year, paid Governor Ibaragi a courtesy visit.
 The Governor provided encouragement, saying “I feel that there are many things that can be learned in the process of mastering this path, which also prove to be some of life’s treasures. Please continue to do your best”.

Comprehensive Collaboration Agreement between Okayama Prefectural Government and Poplar Co., Ltd.       posted on 2015 3 16 

県と株式会社ポプラとの包括連携協定締結式

16 March, Okayama Prefectural Government entered into a comprehensive collaboration agreement with Poplar Co., Ltd. to improve the level of service provided to prefectural citizens and promote regional revitalization..

 As one of the initiatives of this agreement, a “test marketing corner” was placed in Seikatsusaika Okayama Kencho Branch for supporting business operators in Okayama Prefecture.

2014 Okayama Prefecture Top Athlete Award Ceremony     posted on 2015 2 20

2014岡山県トップアスリート賞等表彰式

20 Feb., The ceremony for the 2014 Okayama Prefecture Top Athlete Award was held at Okayama Prefectural Government Office.

61 individuals and 12 groups were commended with the Okayama Top Athlete Award.

One individual was commended with the Okayama Prefecture Sports Masters Award.

Four individuals and one group were commended with entry into the Okayama Prefecture Honorary Sports Hall of Fame.

Governor Ibaragi presented awardees with certificates of commendation and mounted medallions.

 

 “Okayama Town Dream Presentation” held         posted on 2015 2 15 

 「岡山まちの夢発表会」を開催

15 Feb., The “Okayama Town Dream Presentation” was held at Junko Fukutake Hall.

The presentation showcased student ideas regarding regional revitalization, and cases of ideas from the previous fiscal year’s presentation being utilised in regional revitalization.

 A panel discussion between Governor Ibaragi and students was also held.  

“Tottori-Okayama Prefectural Governors’ Meeting” held     posted on 2015 1 13 

鳥取・岡山両県知事会議を開催!

13 Jan., the Tottori-Okayama Prefectural Governors’ Meeting was held in Tottori City to exchange opinions on the subject of regional revitalisation and area-wide tourism.

During meeting, the governors agreed that both prefectures should work together in implementing a migrant consultation fair and events utilising the joint shop of both prefectures.

Consul General of the Republic of Indonesia in Osaka and Consul General of India in Osaka Pay Courtesy Visits to Governor   posted on 2014 12 17、24

在大阪インドネシア共和国総領事、在大阪インド総領事が知事を表敬訪問         在大阪インドネシア共和国総領事、在大阪インド総領事が知事を表敬訪問2

Consul General of the Republic of Indonesia in Osaka, Wisnu Edi Pratignyo (pictured left), and Consul General of India in Osaka Aseem Raja Mahajan (picturedright) paid courtesy visits to Governor Ibaragi at the prefectural government office on the 17th and 24th of December respectively.

Welcome Ceremony for Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles to Autumn Training Camp held    posted on 2014 11 2

東北楽天ゴールデンイーグルス秋季キャンプの歓迎式典

2 November, a welcome ceremony was held at Muscat Stadium for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles to their Autumn Training Camp. Governor Ibaragi made a welcome speech and presented the team with “Okayama Japanese Beef”. 

Many fans visited the baseball stadium to cheer for new manager Okubo and the players.

This year is the fourth consecutive year that the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles has had an autumn training camp at Muscat Stadium.

“Honolulu Cherry Blossom Festival Queen and princesses”pay courtesy visit to Governor   posted on 2014 10 22 

「ホノルル桜の女王、プリンセス」が知事を表敬訪問

22 October, the 62nd Honolulu Cherry Blossom Festival Queen, Princesses and Representatives of Honolulu Japanese Junior Chamber of Commerce (HJJCC) paid a courtesy visit to Governor Ibaragi at the Okayama Prefectural Government Building.

Mr. Brian Ken Watase, President of HJJCC, presented a message from Governor of the State of Hawaii to Governor Ibaragi and the Cherry Blossom Festival Queen and Princesses spoke of such things as their impressions of Okayama.

“Tottori Okayama Shimbashi-kan” joint shop with Tottori Prefecture opened    posted on 2014 9 28 

鳥取県との共同アンテナショップ「とっとり・おかやま新橋館」がオープン

28 September, “Tottori Okayama Shimbashi-kan” which was established by both Okayama prefecture and Tottori Prefecture, was opened in front of Shimbashi Station in Tokyo.

In the future, Okayama Prefecture, in cooperation with Tottori Prefecture, aims to raise Okayama’s profile, develop sales for prefectural products, and improve its brand power, by utilizing the functions of this joint shop.

Comprehensive Collaboration Agreement with JR West Japan Concluded   posted on 2014 9 13 

JR西日本との包括連携協定を締結

13 September, Okayama Prefectural Government entered into a comprehensive collaboration agreement with JR West Japan to strengthen mutual collaboration in order to promote regional development utilising railway networks.

At a ceremony held at the Tsuyama Fan-Shaped Roundhouse( Otani, Tsuyama City) to celebrate the conclusion of the agreement, the diesel railcar “Okayama” was connected to the “JR West” car.

“Korea South Gyeongsang Province Youth Delegation” Pays Courtesy Visit to Governor    posted 2014 8 7 

「韓国慶尚南道青少年訪問団」が知事を表敬訪問

7 August, a youth delegation comprised of 23 junior and senior high school students (including 6 junior high school students, 13 senior high school students and 4 escort staff) from South Gyeongsang Province, Korea, with which Okayama Prefecture has established a sister province/prefecture agreement, visited Okayama and paid a courtesy visit to Governor Ibaragi.

Governor Ibaragi spoke of the importance of travelling overseas and experiencing other cultures at a young age based on his own experiences studying abroad, and expressed his wish that they would act as bridges of friendship between Japan and Korea in the future.

Top Sales Promotion Carried out in Silicon Valley, USA    posted 2014 8 1

アメリカ・シリコンバレーでトップセールスを実施       アメリカ・シリコンバレーでトップセールスを実施2      アメリカ・シリコンバレーでトップセールスを実施3

From 27 July to 1 August, Governor Ibaragi, together with prefectural enterprises, visited Silicon Valley in order to support vehicle manufacture-related companies in Okayama Prefecture which have been engaged in next generation technology development.

In addition to inspecting advanced products and technologies, the Governor also encouraged exchange with local enterprises and researchers in Silicon Valley.

JKT 48 member Melody appointed as an “Okayama Fruit Ambassador”   posted 2014 7 7

JKT48 メロディーさん、おかやまフルーツ大使に就任!

 7 July, Ms. Melody, a member of JKT 48, a sister group of AKB48, was appointed the position of “Okayama Fruit Ambassador “.

JKT 48 is an idol group which is active in Jakarta, and Ms. Melody was selected as number one among the JKT 48 members in the JKT 48 general election.

She said, “I would like to endeavor to carry out PR on Okayama Fruit.” 

Hisako Kanemoto Appointed as an “Okayama Land of Sunshine Ambassador”    posted 2014 6 10

金元寿子さん、晴れの国大使に就任!

10 June, Ms. Hisako Kanemoto of Kurashiki City, Okayama Prefecture, was appointed as an “Okayama Land of Sunshine Ambassador “.

Ms. Kanemoto is a remarkable voice actress who provides the voice of popular animation characters. She said “I would like to support my beloved Okayama as a voice actress.”

Mayor of Pune Municipal Corporation, India, Pays Courtesy Visit to Governor                        posted on 2014 5 26

インド・プーネ市長が知事を表敬訪問 

26 May, Mayor Kodre Chanchala Sandip of Pune Municipal Corporation, India, with which Okayama Prefecture maintains a Memorandum of Understanding, paid a courtesy visit to Governor Ibaragi and carried out an exchange of opinions.

Governor Ibaragi carried out PR for Okayama and reflected on previous interactions. Mayor Kodre mentioned the Pune Okayama Friendship Gardenas symbolising cultural ties and such common ground like as advanced technology.

The will to further deepen mutual understanding and a relationship based on trust was affirmed.

Mr. Kojiro Akagi, Painter from Okayama Prefecture, Presents Painting at Ceremony    posted on 2014 5 26

岡山県出身の画家、赤木曠児郎(あかぎこうじろう)氏の絵画贈呈式

26 May, Mr. Kojiro Akagi (pictured far left), a painter from Okayama Prefecture who is based in Paris, France, donated his painting, “Domesdes Invalides 2”.

The donation was made in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Mr. Akagi’s move to France, with the artist saying “I want the people of my hometown Okayama to see my works”.  The painting is being displayed in front of the Secretariat Division on the 3rd floor of Okayama Prefectural Government Building.

Figure Skater Daisuke Takahashi Attends Okayama Prefectural Sports Special Commendation Ceremony             posted 2014 4 23

髙橋大輔選手(フィギュアスケート)の岡山県スポーツ特別顕賞授与式

 24 Apr., Daisuke Takahashi (Kansai University Graduate School), who achieved sixth place in the 22nd Winter Olympics in Sochi (7 to 23 February, 2014), was presented with an Okayama Prefectural Sports Special Commendation. Governor Ibaragi presented a certificate of commendation and a commemorative gift, saying “Congratulations on your third consecutive Olympic placement”.
 Daisuke Takahashi gave an address, saying “With this commendation as incentive, I hope to take on various challenges.  I ask that you continue to cheer me on”.

Yoshihiro Nitta (Sochi Paralympic Place Winner) Awarded Okayama Prefectural Sports Special Commendation    posted 2014 4 11 

新田佳浩選手(ソチパラリンピック入賞)に岡山県スポーツ特別顕賞を授与 

 10 Apr., An Okayama Prefectural Sports Special Commendation Ceremony was held for Yoshihiro Nitta, who achieved fourth place for Cross-Country Skiing in the 20km Classic, Standing, at the Sochi 2014 Winter Paralympics.  The Governor praised Mr. Nitta, who provided prefectural citizens with great thrills and hope, and presented him with a certificate of commendation and commemorative gift.

Students of Harvard School of Public Health Student Club of Japan Sponsored Japan Trip 2014 pay courtesy visit to Governor    posted 2014 3 19

ハーバード公衆衛生大学院日本人会主催ジャパントリップ2014が知事を表敬訪問

 17 Mar., Students of the Harvard School of Public Health, together with Mr. Suganami, a representative of the intermediate group AMDA, paid a courtesy visit to Governor Ibaragi at the Prefectural Government Building.

 The Harvard School of Public Health Student Club of Japan has come to Japan as a part of the Japan Trip implemented since 2006 for the purpose of local inspection.  This is the first such trip to Okayama.  The Governor spoke with the students regarding approaches to issues of declining birth rate and aging population in Okayama Prefecture, while also encouraging them in their future endeavours.

Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteer Departure Ceremony held    posted 2014 3 18

青年海外協力隊出発激励会を開催

   17 Mar., A departure ceremony for the Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteer from Okayama Prefecture was held at the Prefectural Government Building.
 Director General Yamada of the Department of Citizens Services expressed confidence in the upcoming endeavours of volunteer Yui Hosokawa, providing words of encouragement while also delegating to her the role of acting as a bridge between prefectural citizens and the local population as an “Okayama International Cooperation Ambassador”. Ms. Hosokawa will be dispatched to Ecuador for two years where she will carry out classes in drawing and art at local junior and senior high schools.

 

 

Director Takashi Shimizu and Lead Actress Fuka Koshiba of Film “Kiki’s Delivery Service” Pay Courtesy Visit to Governor      posted 2014 2 17

映画「魔女の宅急便」の清水監督と主演の小芝風花さんが知事を表敬訪問

 14 Feb., Director Takashi Shimizu and lead actress Fuka Koshiba of the film “Kiki’s Delivery Service”, in the run up to the film’s 1 March national release, paid a courtesy visit to Governor Ibaragi at the Prefectural Government Office.
 The film features the beautiful Setouchi island scenery, with parts shot on location at Saidaiji Gofuku Doori, Higashi-ku, Okayama-shi, and at Ushimado, Setouchi-shi, from 16 to 25 June. The governor offered his impressions, saying “The view of the Seto Inland Sea spreading out from Ushimado is depicted beautifully, and I felt a new charm of Okayama”.

Ambassador of the Kingdom of Thailand to Japan Pays Courtesy Visit to Governor                  posted 2014 2 17

駐日タイ王国特命全権大使が知事を表敬訪問

 13 Feb.,H.E. Mr. Thanatip Upatising, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Thailand to Japan paid a courtesy visit to Governor Ibaragi.  The Governor spoke of his experiences when he visited Thailand in October of last year, applauding the Thai people’s congeniality and kindness as something he hoped could be learned from in Okayama Prefecture.
  In response to this, Ambassador Thanatip stated the number of Thai tourists to Japan was increasing, that 2015 would see the economic integration of the ASEAN region, and that he would proactively support investment in Thailand from Okayama Prefecture.
  In conclusion, gifts were exchanged, and the will to further deepen a friendly relationship with Thailand which has continued since 600 years ago was affirmed.

Young Africans Participating in the JICA Youth Training Project Pay Courtesy Visit to Director General of the Prefectural Department of Citizens Services    posted 2014 1 24

JICA青年研修事業参加アフリカ青年が県民生活部長を表敬訪問

 23 Jan., Young Africans (21 individuals from 8 countries) visiting Okayama Prefecture for vocational training and education as a part of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) run “Youth Training Project”, paid a courtesy visit to the Director General of the Prefectural Department of Citizens Services at the Prefectural Government Office.
 The Director General of the Prefectural Department of Citizens Services offered words of welcome, saying “I hope that you will all be able to obtain specialist knowledge during this training program, while enjoying everything good that Okayama Prefecture has to offer”.  Following the courtesy visit, the group received training in the Prefecture’s vocational training system.

  “Ride! Sunshine Man Across Japan Okayama PR” Departure Ceremony held  posted 2014 1 23

「走れ!晴れ男 日本縦断おかやまPR」出発式を開催

  23 Jan., A departure ceremony for the “Ride! Sunshine Man Across Japan Okayama PR” project was held at the Prefectural Government Office, where the Governor presented the two “Sunshine Men” with certificates, “Sunshine Man” badges, and saw them off with words of encouragement and a handshake.  This project is aimed at increasing the Prefecture’s visibility, and is one of the projects planned by the “Sunshine Men/Sunshine Ladies”, staff employed for the purpose of carrying out nationwide PR with the impact of “The Land of Sunshine Okayama”.  “Sunshine Man” Mr. Ambe will travel around Japan on his bicycle, while appearing on local radio stations in each region to carry out passionate PR on this Prefecture’s charm, while Mr. Sawa will accompany him, videoing his travels for the rest of the country to see.

Korean Air Regional Director Pays Courtesy Visit to Governor, Announces Increased Flight Numbers on Seoul Route   posted 2013 12 24

大韓航空日本地域本部が知事を訪問しソウル線増便を発表

  20 Dec., Mr. Jung-Ho Choi, Regional Director and Managing Vice President of Korean Air Japan, visited Governor Ibaragi at the Prefectural Government Office and announced that as of 8 Feb. next year (2014) the four return flights a week on the Okayama Seoul route would be increased to 7.  This will mean a return for the first time in three months to daily operated flights.
 Regional Director Jung-Ho said “We would like to aim for even further development of Okayama routes”, to which Governor Ibaragi responded “We would like to cooperate to ensure that as many people as possible utilise the service”.

 “Sunshine Man/Sunshine Lady” Pay Courtesy Visit to Governor      posted  2013 12 9

「晴れ男・晴れ女」が知事を表敬訪問

  6 Dec., The six “Sunshine Men/Sunshine Ladies”, staff hired to carry out PR for Okayama Prefecture throughout the country, paid a courtesy visit to Governor Ibaragi at the Prefectural Government Office.
 The “Sunshine Men/Sunshine Ladies” began by giving self-introductions and talking of their aspirations.  Miss Yuki Gouda, one of the “Sunshine Ladies”, demonstrated her special talent by singing the prefectural song “Minna no Kokoro ni” (To Everyone’s Heart), and expressed her enthusiasm at the task set before her.
 In response, Governor Ibaragi offered words of encouragement, saying “You all have unique personal histories, and this fills me with confidence.  Please make use of your special talents in communicating the Okayama’s charm”.
 The six staff will communicate Okayama’s charm to other prefectures through PR activities which make use of such techniques as video productions and performances.

 Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China in Japan Pays Courtesy Visit to Governor/Prefectural Assembly Speaker       posted 2013 11 29

中華人民共和国駐日大使が知事・議長を表敬訪問

 Nov. 28, His Excellency Yonghua Cheng, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Japan, along with the ambassador’s wife, Mrs. Wan Wang, and Mr. Yiren Liu, the Osaka Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China, paid a courtesy visit to Governor Ibaragi and the Speaker of the Okayama Prefectural Assembly, Mr. Watanabe.
Governor Ibaragi said “Exchange at the regional level is important, and I hope that through this exchange relations between both countries can be improved”, while Prefectural Assembly Speaker Mr. Watanabe stated “As neighbouring countries, Japan and China boast a variety of connections. With the future generations of our children and grandchildren in mind, I hope that we can move forward with an amiable relationship”.
 In response to this, Ambassador Cheng touched upon the words of such pioneers with whom he has had personal contact with as the late Mr. Kaheita Okazaki of Okayama Prefecture, who contributed great effort to the friendship between Japan and China.  The Ambassador said “Currently, relations between our countries are difficult, and this requires that both sides contribute their wisdom, and that we move forward while looking at the big picture”.

  Tourism Promotion Carried Out in Thailand     posted 2013 11 1

タイで観光プロモーションなどを実施1                     タイで観光プロモーションなどを実施2

From October 27 to October 30, a delegation comprised of such members as the Governor and the Prefectural Assembly Speaker, together with a group of approximately 50 private organisations, including lodging facilities and travel companies, from the Chugoku region visited Thailand and carried out a tourism promotion event targeting local travel companies and media.
 In addition to this, the delegation also participated in an opinion exchange with Okayama Prefecture affiliated businesses, including Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, and the Thailand Board of Investment, and efforts were made to carry out PR for each field of industry in Okayama Prefecture, including the holding of a seminar aimed at increasing usage of the Port of Mizushima.

The Satosho Red Snakes Dodgeball Club Pay Courtesy Visit to Governor         posted 2013 9 18

里庄レッドスネークス(ドッジボールクラブ)が知事を表敬訪問1          里庄レッドスネークス(ドッジボールクラブ)が知事を表敬訪問2

12 Sep., The Satosho Red Snakes, who resoundingly won the 23rd All Japan Dodgeball Championship held in Tokyo in August, paid a courtesy visit to Governor Ibaragi at the Okayama Prefectural Government Building.
 Receiving the report of the first such victory by a prefectural team, the Governor gave his blessing, saying “My heartiest congratulations on securing the national championship. I ask that you use this wonderful experience of victory to fuel your dedication from here on” and presented commemorative gifts.

 

Okayama Hakuryo Senior High School Delegation Pays Courtesy Visit to Governor                   posted 2013 9 18

岡山白陵高等学校が知事を表敬訪問

12 Sept., Teachers and students of the Okayama Hakuryo Senior High School, who won the 18th National Junior High and High School Debate Championship held at the Toyo University in Tokyo in August, paid a courtesy visit to Governor Ibaragi at the Okayama Prefectural Government Building.
 The Governor gave his blessing, saying “The things which you have learned through debate and through working together with your peers will serve you all in your life to come.  Please try your hardest”, and presented them with commemorative gifts.

Soshi Gakuen High School’s Girls’ Softball Club Pay Courtesy Visit to Governor                      posted on 2013 8 20

創志学園高等学校女子ソフトボール部が知事を表敬訪問

19 Aug., The members of the Soshi Gakuen High School’s Girls’ Softball club, who secured their first championship win at the 2013 National Inter-High School Softball Competition and 65th All Japan High School Girls Softball Championship, held from 31July to 3 August in Fukuoka City, paid a courtesy visit to Governor Ibaragi at the Prefectural Government Office.
 The Governor gave his blessing, saying “Please turn your commitment to Softball into an asset and continue to give it your all”, and presented the members with a commemorative gift.  Representing the athletes, captain Shiori Okano gave words of thanks, and expressed their resolve towards retaining the championship in response to the Governor’s comments.

  “Breakfast Everyday Campaign” held   posted on 2013 8 7

「朝食毎日食べよう大作戦」を開催

 2 Aug., The “Breakfast Everyday Campaign” was held in Okayama City in order to make a large number of children aware of the importance of eating breakfast every day.
 About 40 people, including 5th and 6th grade primary school students from Soja City and members of the Nutrition Committee, participated in a cooking class which focused on making a nutritionally balanced easy to make breakfast menu. After making rice balls with Governor Ibaragi, the primary school students sampled the menu they had prepared, and made such comments as “I want to make this for my family” and “I want to be more conscious about having well balanced meals”.

Okayama Next Generation Vehicle Technology Research and Development Project Result Presentation held         posted on 2013 7 4

おかやま次世代自動車技術研究開発プロジェクトの成果発表会を開催

2 Jul., A result presentation for the “Okayama Next Generation Vehicle Technology Research and Development Project” which has been underway since 2011, was held at Techno Support Okayama.

The presentation was held so as to follow the newly developed prototype Electric Vehicle’s (EV) receipt of number plates in mid-June.  The prototype EV is equipped with a wide array of new technologies and products, such as its wheel hub motors.  Governor Ibaragi, who was in attendance, took part in a test drive, allowing him to directly experience the advanced technical strength of the prefectural enterprises which contributed to the development of the vehicle’s installed components.  The Governor gave his impression, saying “acceleration is smooth and strong, and even with an increase in speed I could still feel driving stability”.

“Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteer Departure Meeting” held                posted on 2013 6 28

「青年海外協力隊出発激励会」を開催

   26 Jun., A departure meeting for Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers from Okayama Prefecture was held at the Okayama Prefectural Government Office.      

 Anticipating their success overseas, Governor Ibaragi offered words of encouragement, while entrusting them with the role of serving as bridges between prefectural citizens and the people of their assigned countries as “Okayama International Cooperation Ambassadors”, and presenting them with letters of appointment to that effect. The eight volunteers will be dispatched to developing countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, and will spend the next two years contributing to development in their respective countries while working in such fields as medical care and education.

Kake Educational Institution Cultural Training Delegation to Japan Pays Courtesy Visit to Governor                   posted on 2013 6 26

加計学園訪日文化研修団が知事を表敬訪問

 25 Jun., A training delegation comprised of 28 students and staff from educational institutions carrying out educational exchange with the Kake Educational Institution, including the Wright State University and University of Findlay of the State of Ohio, United States of America; the Pontifical Catholic University of Parana and the Federal University of Parana of the State of Parana,  Federative Republic of Brazil, paid a courtesy visit to Governor Ibaragi at the Okayama Prefectural Government Building.
 Governor Ibaragi used a mixture of English while speaking of the importance of travelling overseas and experiencing other cultures at a young age based on his own experiences studying abroad, and expressed his wish that they would be able to carry out meaningful training during their stay.

Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers etc. Repatriation Debriefing Meeting held       posted on 2013 5 15

青年海外協力隊等帰国報告会を開催

   14 May, Four returned Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers and Senior Volunteers from Okayama Prefecture reported their valuable experiences in their dispatch countries to Governor Ibaragi at the Okayama Prefectural Government Office.
The returned volunteers advised the governor of the widely varying local conditions of climate and environment and their impressions during their stay.  The Governor praised the returned volunteers while expressing his hope that they all use the things they learned in their dispatch countries in their local communities.

  “Mimasaka Province Founding 1300 Year Anniversary Project – Curtain Raising Ceremony” held       posted on 2013 5 10

「美作国建国1300年記念事業 開幕記念式典」の開催1    「美作国建国1300年記念事業 開幕記念式典」の開催2 

5 May, The “Mimasaka Province Founding 1300 Year Anniversary Project – Curtain Raising Ceremony” was held at the Tsuyama Cultural Centre. Honorary Chairman of the Executive Committee, Governor Ibaragi gave an address, saying “Ensuring that the regional stimulation achieved through commemorative projects is not transient, but leads on to regional development is extremely important.  I will endeavour with you all to further rejuvenate the Mimasaka region by the next 100 year celebration”.  Afterwards, the ceremony was enlivened by a diverse programme, which included the performance of a commemorative musical by local residents, “Mimasaka’s Overthrowing the Monkey God”.

Consulate General of the United States in Osaka/Kobe Pays Courtesy Visit to Governor    posted on 2013 4 30

駐大阪・神戸米国総領事が知事を表敬訪問

30 Apr., Consul General of the United States in Osaka/Kobe Patrick Joseph Linehan paid a courtesy visit to Governor Ibaragi.  Along with thanking the Consul General for giving lectures in the Prefecture and donating English publications to the Prefectural Library, Governor Ibaragi also spoke with him about their shared experiences of overseas study and exchanged opinions regarding such issues as the importance of studying overseas when young.

Ceremony Held for the 25 Year Anniversary of the Opening of the Seto Ohashi Bridge   posted on 2013 4 19 

瀬戸大橋開通25周年記念式典を開催1     瀬戸大橋開通25周年記念式典を開催2

10 Apr., A ceremony was held to commemorate the 25 year anniversary of the opening of the Seto Ohashi Bridge.  The  attendees of “The 25 Year Commemorative Ceremony of the Opening of the Seto Ohashi Line”, which was held at JR Kojima Station, included Governor Ibaragi, Kagawa Prefectural Governor Hamada, Okayama Prefectural Assembly Speaker Uchiyama, Kagawa Prefectural Assembly Speaker Hiraki.  The 25 year anniversary was celebrated with a tape-cutting ceremony.  Afterwards, the attendees boarded the commemorative Anpanman Torokko train cars together with local pre-schoolers, travelled across the Seto Inland Sea to the Seto Ohashi Commemorative Park in Bannosu, Sakaideshi, and carried out a commemorative planting of trees.

Commemorative Ceremony for the Opening of the Okayama-Sapporo Route held            posted on 2013 4 1

岡山―札幌線就航記念式典を開催                  岡山―札幌線就航記念式典を開催2

Mar. 31, A commemorative ceremony was held at Okayama Airport to celebrate the opening of AIRDO’s new Okayama-Sapporo route.  In his address, Governor Ibaragi stated “I am extremely pleased to see my earnest wish for the operation of a year-round service realised, as well as the implementation of a timetable easy to utilise from Okayama.  I will endeavour in the promotion of the route, in order to ensure that as many prefectural citizens as possible visit charming Hokkaido”.  The new service was celebrated with tape cutting by such concerned parties as Norihiro Fukunaga, the Vice President of AIRDO Co. Ltd.

Founding of Mimasaka Province 1300 Year Anniversary Celebration Executive Committee Pay Coutesy Visit to Governor     posted on 2013 3 29

美作国建国1300年記念事業実行委員会が知事を表敬訪問       美作国建国1300年記念事業実行委員会が知事を表敬訪問2

Mar. 27, The members of the Founding of Mimasaka Province 1300 Year Anniversary Celebration Executive Committee paid a courtesy visit to Governor Ibaragi at the Prefectural Government Office.  The committee members outlined such anniversary events as the soon to be in service NARUTO train service, and the Governor expressed his enthusiasm regarding the opening of celebrations for the 1300 year anniversary of the founding of Mimasaka Province.

  2012 Okayama Prefecture Top Athlete Award Ceremony     posted on 2013 2 25

2012年岡山県トップアスリート賞などの表彰式

   22 Feb., The ceremony to present The Okayama Prefecture Top Athlete Award, an award which recognises outstanding achievements in international competitions and Japan athletic championships, as well commending athletes and trainers who have raised awareness of prefectural sports, was held at the Okayama Prefectural Government Office.  The awardees were presented certificates of commendation and mounted medallions by Governor Ibaragi.
   Additionally, the presentation ceremony for the Okayama Prefecture Sports Masters Award and the Okayama Prefecture Honorary Sports Hall of Fame was also carried out.
   ・Okayama Prefecture Top Athlete Award                67 individuals, 23 groups
   ・Okayama Prefecture Sports Masters Award          5 individuals
   ・Okayama Prefecture Honorary Sports Hall of Fame     2 individuals, 1 group

  “Second Kirari Kagayaku Okayama Kouriten Award Ceremony” held          posted on 2013 2 15

2012年岡山県トップアスリート賞などの表彰式               2012年岡山県トップアスリート賞などの表彰式2

  13 Feb., the “Second Kirari Kagayaku Okayama Kouriten Award Ceremony” was held at the Prefectural Government Office.
 Governor Ibaragi presented certificates of commendation and commemorative gifts along with words of congratulation, saying “all of the awardees have accurately grasped consumer needs and local issues, resulting in mobile retail in the semi-mountainous regions and the development of products using local resources, or have made contributions to the local community through such long term endeavours as the proactive participation in local development projects.  I would like to pay my respects to your all of your efforts up until now”.

  Furthermore, following the ceremony the Governor talked passionately with the awardees while inspecting an exhibition panel outlining their endeavours, and some of their products.

Governor of Gyeongsangnam Province, Korea, Pays Courtesy Visit to Governor Ibaragi     posted on 2013 1 31

韓国 慶尚南道知事が伊原木知事を表敬訪問

  28 Jan., Governor Hong Joon Pyo of Gyeongsangnam Province, Korea with which Okayama Prefecture has established a sister province/prefecture agreement, paid a courtesy visit to Governor Ibaragi.  The two carried out an exchange of opinions regarding future exchange between Okayama Prefecture and Gyeongsangnam Province in various areas.
    Governor Hong Joon Pyo expressed his hopes that, for the purpose of promoting tourism and trade, exchange between the two regions could be further invigorated.  In response to this, Governor Ibaragi stated that, based on the success of the four years of exchange, he hoped to undertake further development of prefecture/province exchange.

Governor Visits NHK Regarding the Production of a Houkoku Yamada Period Drama      posted on 2013 1 28

山田方谷の大河ドラマ化へ向けて知事がNHKを訪問

 24 Jan., Governor Ibaragi visited President Matsumoto of NHK for the purpose of putting forward a proposal for the production of an NHK period drama based on Houkoku Yamada who is renowned for achieving reform in the Bicchu Matsuyama Domain.
 The Governor made a strong case for introducing Houkoku Yamada to the modern era, saying “[his] reform ideals and way of life are exactly what are needed to increase the chance of a rebirth of Japan”

  New flights on the “Okayama-Sapporo Route” established    posted on 2012 12 28

「岡山-札幌線」の新規就航が決定

   27 Dec., President Saito of AIRDO Co. Ltd. Paid a visit to the Governor, and plans to add new flights to the Okayama-Sapporo Route as of 31 March 2013 were announced.  This will be the company’s first service to Western Japan, and will be the first reinstitution of year round flight operation to Sapporo in 4 years, and plans are in place to operate services at times convenient for those using them from Okayama.

PR for “1300 Year Anniversary of the Founding of Mimasaka Province” carried out at Tokyo Sky Tree             posted on 2012 12 10 

東京スカイツリーで「美作国建国1300年記念事業」をPR

 
 Materials such as Introductory pamphlets advertising next year’s “1300 Year Anniversary of the Founding of Mimasaka Province” were handed out to tourists from all over the country in the Tokyo Sky Tree 5th Floor Tourism PR Corner from the 3rd to the 9th of December.
“Katami-kun”, the Mimasaka Province mascot Character, was also in attendance at the PR Corner, and a large number of people stopped to view the exhibit and listen to an introduction of Mimasaka Province.
 The opportunity to carry out these PR activities was in part due to fact that a replica of the Tsuyama City Museum owned “Edo Hitome Zu Byobu” (a folding screen depicted the Edo landscape) is currently on display on the Tokyo Sky Tree Observation Deck.

“Okayama Tourism Presentation 2012 – 1300 Year Anniversary of the Founding of Mimasaka Province” held  posted on 2012 11 22 

1300 Year Anniversary of the Founding of Mimasaka Province                    1300 Year Anniversary of the Founding of Mimasaka Province2

 Nov. 20, “Okayama Tourism Presentation 2012 – 1300 Year Anniversary of the Founding of Mimasaka Province” was held in Osaka City for Kansai region travel companies and press representatives. Along with carrying out PR for the Mimasaka Province 1300 Year Anniversary events and requesting cooperation regarding tourism to Okayama Prefecture, Governor Ibaragi also provided encouragement to the exhibitors dispatched from Okayama Prefecture who were present.

Governor Ibaragi Junior High School Visit   posted on 2012 11 22           

Governor Ibaragi Junior High School Visit             Governor Ibaragi Junior High School Visit2

 Nov. 20, Governor Ibaragi, in moving towards “education revitalization”, an issue which he has upheld as vital, visited a junior high school for the purpose of further understanding the current state of affairs in school education. At Hayashima Junior High School, the school visited on this day, Governor Ibaragi observed the integrated study period, health and physical education, and science classes, took a tour of the school, talked with the school administration, followed by a discussion with students while taking school provided lunch with them.


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