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Ibara High School Pays a Visit to the Governor for Denim Day  Posted on October 26th, 2021

「デニムの日」に県立井原高校が知事を表敬訪問1

「デニムの日」に県立井原高校が知事を表敬訪問2

「デニムの日」に県立井原高校が知事を表敬訪問3

On October 26th, also known as Denim Day (holiday that celebrates denim as a staple daily-use item), four students studying denim at Ibara High School’s Department of Horticulture and Home Economics, accompanied by their school principal and instructors, paid a courtesy visit to Governor IBARAGI to report the results of their studies and introduce the charm of Ibara Denim.

Donned in work wear and school club uniforms made from denim, the horticulture students reported the activity that they took part in. “We made denim products using the cotton that we raised ourselves. In cooperation with Ibara City Government, we would also like to present denim bags to students as a celebratory gift for their enrollment into elementary school.”

Seto Junior High and Okayama Hockey Association Pay a Visit to the Governor Posted on October 5th, 2021

岡山市立瀬戸中学校の選手及び県ホッケー協会の知事表敬訪問

On October 5th, students from Okayama Seto Junior High School, the team that earned Okayama its first hockey championship at the 51st JOC Junior Olympic Cup National Junior High School Hockey Championship, and members of Okayama Hockey Association paid a courtesy visit to Governor IBARAGI.

Captain KANEKO Nanami spoke on behalf of the rest of the team, stating, “Our championship victory was thanks to the many people that supported us. We will keep up our practice and become an even stronger team.”

Governor IBARAGI praised the team and wish them further success in the future, saying, ”This is the result of your dedicated practice. I hope that this can become an opportunity for Okayama to build up more excitement over hockey.”

Bizenyaki Komachi Visit Governor IBARAGI        Posted on September 13th, 2021

備前焼小町が知事を表敬訪問

On September 13th, UEDA Ayano and NAMBA Ayumi, representatives of the 35th generation of Bizenyaki Komachi (staff selected to run the campaign for introducing Bizen Ware and promoting the Bizenyaki Festival in all areas across the nation), and KANESHIGE Yuho, vice president of Toyukai, paid a courtesy visit to Governor IBARAGI to promote the “Bizenyaki Festival” substitution event, which was postponed for two consecutive years due to the effects of COVID-19.

Bizenyaki Komachi passionately stated that they “would like to convey the beauty of Bizen Ware to the younger generation”. The substitution events “Bizenyaki Thanksgiving” and “Online Bizenyaki Festival”, where you can purchase items at the store in Bizen City or online, respectively, will be held from October 1st to October 31st.  

Opening Ceremony Held for New Okayama Budokan Training Dojo   Posted on September 1st, 2021

岡山武道館新練習道場 落成記念式を開催

Preceding its opening to the public, an opening ceremony for the new training dojo of Okayama Budokan was held on September 1st.

Okayama Budokan, boasting its title as the largest facility in Western Japan, was built in 1970. However, due to its deterioration in recent years, it was demolished in December 2019, and its reconstruction was completed in August 2021.

At the ceremony, Governor IBARAGI and martial arts affiliates did a tape cutting, celebrating the launch of the new training dojo.

The main dojo, located parallel to the new training dojo, is also scheduled to receive repair construction.

Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Torch Relay:Okayama Sacred Fire Festival Collection and Departure Flame Ceremony   Posted on August 16th, 2021

東京2020パラリンピック聖火リレー岡山県聖火フェスティバル集火・出立式

On August 16th, a ceremony for the collection of flames that were lit in all municipalities of Okayama Prefecture was held at the Athletics Stadium of the Okayama Prefectural Multipurpose Grounds, with Vice Governor ODANI in attendance. The flames were sent off to Tokyo as “Okayama’s Flame”.

The flames from the 27 municipalities were torch-lit by Mr. OE Yuya, Mr. MATSUMOTO Tomokazu and Mr. YAMADA Shunpei, all of whom are 2021 Okayama Paralympian Development Project athletes selected for their high performance. In his departure declaration, Mr. OE stated, “I hope the sacred fire born from Okayama’s flame will serve as encouragement to all of the athletes out there.”

Okayama’s Flame will join the flames from all prefectures of Japan to serve as the Sacred Flame of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.

Iki-Iki Talk with the Governor: ”Revitalizing the Okayama Community, Creating a Mutual Support System between Diverse Entities”  Posted on August 3rd, 2021

「おかやま元気!集落~多様な主体が支え合う仕組みづくり~」をテーマに「知事と一緒に生き活きトーク」を開催1    「おかやま元気!集落~多様な主体が支え合う仕組みづくり~」をテーマに「知事と一緒に生き活きトーク」を開催2

The first “Iki-Iki Talk with the Governor” of 2021 was held on August 2nd at Michi-no-Eki Kumenan (roadside rest area, Kumenan).

The theme of this Iki-Iki Talk was “Revitalizing the Okayama Community, Creating a Mutual Support System between Diverse Entities”. Residents engaging in regional activities in regions registered as Okayama Revitalization Communities, support institutions and a specialist gathered to take part in the discussion. The participants actively exchanged opinions on various topics, including the support system between regional residents and ideas for revitalizing communities.

National Tree Planting Festival: Okayama Committee’s Third Meeting  Posted on July 30th, 2021

全国植樹祭岡山県実行委員会の第3回総会を開催

On July 30th, the Okayama Committee for the 74th National Tree Planting Festival held their third meeting in Okayama City. The festival is scheduled to be held in spring 2024 in Okayama Prefecture.

The National Tree Planting Festival, held every year, is the main event for the National Land Afforestation promotion campaign and is attended by the emperor and empress. The species of trees to be planted and seeded by the emperor and empress were discussed at the meeting.

The 74th Natural Tree Planting Festival will be the second held in Okayama, and the first in 57 years (the last being held in 1967).

Okayama Prefecture Student Attendant Appointment Ceremony   Posted on July 6th, 2021

県スチューデントアテンダント委嘱状交付式を行いました

On July 6th, 26 students from Okayama Prefectural University were appointed as Okayama Prefecture Student Attendants (student interpreter-guide).

The aim of this project is to have university students use their English skills to acquire knowledge as a tour guide for foreigners, show tourists the charm of Okayama’s sightseeing spots through the eyes of our youth, and improve on inbound tourism satisfaction.

Ms. KAWABATA expressed her ambition on behalf of the students, saying, “Us students would like to re-discover the charms of Okayama and disseminate the results on a global scale”. Governor IBARAGI spoke of his hopes and expectations, stating “I hope that your performance can help to improve the reputation of our tourism sites and that you may learn a lot from this activity.”

COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout at the Prefecture-run Vaccination Center  Posted on June 14th, 2021

県営接種会場でのワクチン接種を開始

On June 14th, Okayama Prefecture’s mass COVID-19 vaccine rollout for healthcare workers began at Kawasaki Medical School General Medical Center.

The governor paid a visit to the site for observation and commented, “I hope to quickly secure herd immunity”.  Depending on the progress of the vaccine rollout, the prefectural government will consider expanding vaccination for general citizens.

The Implementation of Flood-preparedness Drills    Posted on June 2nd, 2021

水害対策訓練を実施しました

On June 2nd, in preparation for heavy rains and typhoons, about 360 people from Okayama Prefecture, its municipalities and 49 related institutions gathered to participate in disaster drill training. These drills simulated situations in which torrential rains have occurred.

The drill training was held through a web meeting system and included an information exchange and gathering between the municipalities and organizations, as well as drill training for emergency response.

The prefectural government is putting efforts into preparing for natural disasters through continuing drills under close cooperation with municipalities and related institutions.

Decision and Memorandum Finalized for IRIS OHYAMA Factory Location  Posted on May 11th, 2021

アイリスオーヤマ株式会社の立地表明覚書締結式

On May 11th, IRIS OHYAMA Inc. finalized their agreement for setting up a new factory in the Setouchi City Industrial Park, whose construction is currently being planned. A ceremony for the finalization of the MOU was held at the Okayama Prefectural Government Office.

The Okayama Setouchi Factory, established by IRIS OHYAMA Inc., will be equipped with one of the biggest automated warehouses in Japan and will serve as Western Japan’s distribution hub. The factory’s construction is scheduled to be completed in 2025.

Amateur Golf Player KAJITANI Tsubasa Pays a Courtesy Visit to the Governor
Posted on April 21st, 2021

梶谷翼選手の知事表敬訪問

On April 21st, amateur golf player KAJITANI Tsubasa, the first Japanese and Asian winner of the Augusta National Women’s Amateur, paid a courtesy visit to Governor IBARAGI.

Player Kajitani reflected on her tournament experience, stating, “I learned the necessity for greater physical strength and technical skill from this experience. My ultimate goal is to be a professional golf player that can compete at a worldwide level.”

Governor Ibaragi looks forward to her future performance saying, “What you have accomplished is truly amazing. Your performance encouraged many people. I wish you luck from here on.”

Springtime Prefectural Residents’ Traffic Safety Campaign   Posted on April 6th, 2021

春の交通安全県民運動推進大会1    春の交通安全県民運動推進大会2

On April 6th, the Spring 2021 Residents’ Traffic Safety Campaign was held at AEON Mall in Kurashiki City.

Governor IBARAGI called on the campaign’s slogan “Be considerate. Compassion is the way to an accident-free environment”. Traffic safety public awareness goods, which were donated by cooperating organizations, were presented the group that implemented traffic safety public awareness activities within the community.

“Discover Okayama Karuta” Japanese Playing Cards Completed!   Posted on March 23rd , 2021

「岡山発見かるた」が完成しました!1   「岡山発見かるた」が完成しました!2

On March 23rd, a launch event was held at the Okayama Prefectural Government Building for “Discover Okayama Karuta” Japanese playing cards, which showcase various charming aspects of Okayama through creative pictures.

In response to the many restraints caused by the influence of the COVID-19 pandemic, these karuta cards were made to resurface awareness of the region’s charm and bounties. In January, 44 yomifuda (karuta cards with Japanese scriptures written on them) were selected out of 4,516 gathered submissions. During the demonstration events, members of Kurashiki Seiryo High School’s Karuta club displayed an extraordinary match with Governor IBARAGI.

Made along with this karuta set were a series of special videos that display the charm of Okayama through the design of the yomifuda.

The 14th “Mr. I Prize” Award Ceremony for Up and Coming Artists of Okayama Posted on March 17th, 2021

第14回岡山県新進美術家育成「I氏賞」贈呈式

On March 17th , the presentation ceremony of the 14th Okayama Budding Artist Award, the “Mr. I Prize”, was held at Renaiss Hall. The prize is awarded to up and coming artists of Okayama Prefecture.

During the ceremony, Governor IBARAGI presented certificates of commendation and commemorative prizes to grand prize winner Ms. KUDO Ayumi, and runner-up prize winners Mr. KASENO Yusuke and Ms. HANAFUSA Sayaka.

The Mr. I Prize was established in 2007 thanks to a significant contribution made Mr. ITO Kensuke (Takahashi City), aimed at fostering young artists to lead the next generation of Okayama.

Iki-Iki Talk with the Governor: “Inspiring Okayama through Sports – Sports’ Influence on Regional Revitalization”    Posted on February 22nd, 2021

「スポーツで岡山県を元気に!~地域活性化に向けたスポーツの力~」をテーマに「知事と一緒に生き活きトーク」を開催1   「スポーツで岡山県を元気に!~地域活性化に向けたスポーツの力~」をテーマに「知事と一緒に生き活きトーク」を開催2

The fifth “Iki-Iki Talk with the Governor” of 2020 was held on February 18th at ZIP Arena Okayama.

Individuals engaging in top club teams of Okayama and regional development through sports gathered to take part in a discussion, with “Inspiring Okayama through Sports - Sports’ Influence on Regional Revitalization” as the theme. The participants actively exchanged opinions on various topics, including sports’ ability to foster a sense of unity and dreams amongst people, the importance of investing in sports, as well as supporting second careers for post-retirement athletes.

Training Camp for Japan Representatives of Para Powerlifting Held in Okayama City  Posted on February 12th, 2021

 

パラ·パワーリフティング日本代表選手が岡山市で強化キャンプを実施

A training camp for Japan representatives of Para Powerlifting was held in Okayama City from February 11th to 14th. The first day of training included a welcome reception in Okayama City, with Vice Governor KIKUCHI and Mayor OMORI in attendance.

Okayama Prefectural Government is working towards attracting national representatives for training camp, in hopes of promoting sports and revitalizing the region. Okayama hosting a training camp for Japan representatives of Para Powerlifting has been a yearly event since the 2018 fiscal year.

Shujitsu High Women’s Volleyball Club Reports National Victory to Governor    Posted on January 21st, 2021

就実高校バレー部が春の高校バレー優勝を知事に報告

On January 21st, members of Shujitsu High School Women’s volley club visited governor IBARAGI Ryuta to report their triumphant victory at the 73rd National High School Volleyball Tournament, a feat that has not been accomplished in 25 tournaments.

The governor congratulated the champions, “your victory through tenacity, receiving and keeping the ball in play time after time, was sensational.” On behalf of the team and staff, member SUDA gave a word of appreciation, “We are grateful for the prefectural citizens who cheered for and supported us. We will continue pursuing victory at future tournaments as well.”

Observation at Medical Facility for COVID-19 Patients         Posted on January 15th, 2021

新型コロナ入院医療機関の現場視察について 

On January 15th, governor IBARAGI paid a visit to Kurashiki Central Hospital to observe and confirm the current status of the stringent treatment for COVID-19 patients.

Through the sincere voices of the doctors and nurses on site, governor IBARAGI confirmed the current state of affairs, such as the pressure of being obliged to make life choices on the medical scene due to the increasing number of patients, as well as the youth suffering from the aftereffects of COVID-19.

At a press conference following the observation, governor IBARAGI reiterated the importance of each and every citizens’ effort to implement proper infection countermeasures.

(photo: provided by Kurashiki Central Hospital)

Tryhoop Okayama Pays a Courtesy Visit to Vice Governor YOKOTA    Posted on December 23rd, 2020

トライフープ岡山が横田副知事を表敬訪問

On December 23rd, Tryhoop Okayama paid a courtesy visit to Vice Governor YOKOTA before the 2020-2021 Season Home Opening Game of the Basketball B League (Division 3).

Representative NAKAJIMA Satoru stated, "Aiming for league champions, we wish to perform in a way that inspires the residents of Okayama Prefecture". Vice Governor Yokota encouraged their efforts, stating that he is counting on their performance to dispel the sense of stagnation caused by COVID-19.

League Champs HIRAKIN Men’s Softball Club Pays a Courtesy Visit to the Governor     Posted on December 1st, 2020

優勝 平林金属男子ソフトボールクラブが知事を表敬訪問

On December 1st, Hirabayashi Metal (also known as HIRAKIN) Men’s Softball Club, 2020 Japan Men’s Softball League Tournament champions, paid a courtesy visit to Governor IBARAGI Ryuta.

On behalf of the team, Captain TORIYAMA Kazuya reported, “We felt a lot of pressure at our first local event, but we are all relieved to emerge victorious. The folks cheering for us became a pillar of support.”

Governor IBARAGI praised the team saying, "The championship game was an intense one. It was an extraordinary match that kept us at the edge of our seats," and wished the team further success in the future.

Iki-Iki Talk with the Governor, “Okayama, the Kingdom of Fruits” Grape Promotion   Posted on November 30th, 2020

「くだもの王国おかやま」ぶどうの振興をテーマに「知事と一緒に生き活きトーク」を開催1   「くだもの王国おかやま」ぶどうの振興をテーマに「知事と一緒に生き活きトーク」を開催2

The third “Iki-Iki Talk with the Governor” of 2020 was held on November 25th at the Takahashi City Library.

Individuals involved in fruit production and distribution gathered to take part in a discussion centered on “Okayama, the Kingdom of Fruits” grape promotion.

They actively exchanged opinions on various topics, such as Okayama’s challenges, effective initiatives, necessary efforts and prospective views on the promotion of grapes.

Okayama Committee for the National Tree Planting Festival Established      Posted on November 16th, 2020

全国植樹祭岡山県実行委員会の設立総会を開催

On November 16th, the Okayama Committee for the 74th National Tree Planting Festival, to be held in spring, 2024, was established in Okayama City.

The National Tree Planting Festival is the annual main event for a national land afforestation promotion campaign and is attended by the emperor and empress.

During the meeting, Governor IBARAGI was selected as Chairperson of the committee, and this fiscal year’s schedule was also discussed.

The 74th National Tree Planting Festival will be the second held in Okayama, and the first in 57 years (the last being held in 1967).

The Okayama Seagulls Volleyball Team Pays a Courtesy Visit to the Governor  Posted on October 1st, 2020

岡山シーガルズの選手が知事を表敬訪問

On October 1st, prior to the opening game of the Division 1 Women’s V-league 2020-2021 season, members of the Okayama Seagulls paid a courtesy visit to Governor IBARAGI to report on the opening of the season and promise their future success.

The team will play against JT Marvelous in the opening game on October 17th, aiming in earnest for their long-desired first championship.

Autumn 2020 Prefectural Citizens’ Traffic Safety Departure Ceremony     Posted on September 18th, 2020

令和2年秋の交通安全県民運動出発式を開催

On September 18th, the Autumn 2020 Prefectural Citizens’ Traffic Safety Departure Ceremony was held at front area of the prefectural government building. Traffic police unit motorcycles and patrol cars set out to promote awareness and enforce traffic safety.

Under the slogan “Be considerate. Compassion is the way to an accident-free environment”, we set the safety of pedestrians and bicycle riders as our primary goal by calling on the citizens to abide by the traffic rules and improve their traffic manners.

The Meisei Gakuin High School Calligraphy Club Pays a Courtesy Visit to the Governor         Posted on August 21st, 2020

明誠学院(めいせいがくいん)高等学校書道部が知事を表敬訪問

On August 21st, the members of the Meisei Gakuin High School Calligraphy Club, won the MEXT Minister’s Award (first prize for individual category) at the 43rd All Japan Senior High School Cultural Festival and has obtained multiple prestigious awards at national events, paid a courtesy visit to Governor IBARAGI.

The Governor celebrated with the club stating, “I am very pleased that you’ve produced such amazing results. Your daily effort and successful experience through calligraphy will serve as something you will treasure in the future.”

Club President Ms. HARADA, expressed her gratitude with the following statement, “This year has been unusual due to COVID-19, but we will be diligent in our work, take life one day at a time and move towards our dreams.”

Iki-Iki Talk with the Governor, “IBALOVE ♥Welcome to Ibara, the Sacred Place of Denim”      Posted on August 5th, 2020

『いばらぶ(IBALOVE)♥ようこそ!デニムの聖地井原(いばら)へ』をテーマに「知事と一緒に生き活きトーク」を開催1

『いばらぶ(IBALOVE)♥ようこそ!デニムの聖地井原(いばら)へ』をテーマに「知事と一緒に生き活きトーク」を開催2

『いばらぶ(IBALOVE)♥ようこそ!デニムの聖地井原(いばら)へ』をテーマに「知事と一緒に生き活きトーク」を開催3

The second Iki-Iki talk with the Governor of 2020 was held on August 4th at the IBARA DENIM HOTELS Maizuru-ro in Ibara City.

Individuals involved in production and sales of Ibara Denim and city development utilizing denim gathered to take part in a discussion with Governor IBARAGI, with “On the IBALOVE♥Welcome to Ibara, the Sacred Place of Denim” as the theme.

They actively exchanged opinions on various topics, such as the appealing points and promotion programs of Ibara Denim, the potential of future denim-based city planning and effective initiatives.

EV Monitoring System Test Drive Project: “GO with EV. One Week Trial” Kickoff Ceremony          Posted on July 22nd, 2020

「EVでGO まずは1週間!!」試乗モニター事業キックオフセレモニー        「EVでGO まずは1週間!!」試乗モニター事業キックオフセレモニー2

The EV Monitoring System Test Drive Project is being conducted in hopes of popularizing the eco-friendly electric vehicle (EV). The EV will be test driven in a vast variety of daily life settings, such as commuting and shopping, widely displaying the attractiveness of the vehicle.

The kickoff ceremony was held on July 22nd, and the test driving began. The designated test drivers include announcers and reporters of local commercial broadcasting companies as well as members of the Okayama Seagulls volleyball team.

Iki-Iki Talk with the Governor: “On the Charm of the Local Community”        Posted on July 21st, 2020

『地域の魅力について考える』をテーマに「知事と一緒に生き活きトーク」を開催        『地域の魅力について考える』をテーマに「知事と一緒に生き活きトーク」を開催2

On July 16th, the first Iki-Iki Talk of 2020 with the governor was held at the Sugai-tei House in Shinjo-son village.

Entrepreneurs, migrants and a farmer involved in activity in hilly and mountainous areas gathered to take part in a discussion, with “on the charm of the local community” as the theme. They exchanged opinions on various topics, such as the charm and potential of the local community discovered through their activities and effective initiatives for promotion.

The Okayama Dairy Cooperative Association Pays a Courtesy Visit to Governor IBARAGI                                  Posted on June 2nd, 2020

おかやま酪農業協同組合が知事を表敬訪問

On June 2nd, the Okayama Dairy Cooperative Association paid a courtesy visit to Governor IBARAGI and presented him with 3,000 packs of milk and 2,000 plastic bottles of yogurt. The visit was part of June's “Monthly Milk” activities.

The prefecture is using these local products to promote dairy consumption in Okayama. This includes distributing them to visitors at prefecture-sponsored events.

Governor IBARAGI Presents Token of Appreciation to Okayama Nursing Staffs   Posted on May 12th, 2020

看護職員への感謝の花束贈呈

May 12th was Nurse’s Day, established to commemorate the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. Governor IBARAGI presented a bouquet of flowers to Chairperson MIYATA Akemi of the Okayama Nursing Association as a token of appreciation for nursing staffs dealing with COVID-19.

Governor IBARAGI extended his thanks to her, saying, “On behalf of the citizens of Okayama Prefecture, I would like to express our appreciation to nurses struggling every day on the front line.” Chairperson MIYATA said, “In-hospital infections have left nurses at their wit’s end. But we are encouraged by the governor’s kind consideration.”

Friday Ovation            Posted on April 24th, 2020

フライデー オベーション(Friday Ovation)

Friday Ovation was held on April 24th. This initiative gives an applause of thanks to the health workers on the front line, who constantly put themselves at risk in order to treat and prevent the spread of infection. Friday Ovation also gives an applause of encouragement to all workers giving their best in their respective fields. 

This project takes place every Friday at noon.

The 13th Okayama Budding Artist Award “Mr. I Prize” Ceremony     Posted on March 18th, 2020

第13回岡山県新進美術家育成「I氏賞」贈呈式

On March 18th, a presentation ceremony of the 13th Okayama Budding Artist Award, the “Mr. I Prize”, was held at Renaiss Hall. The prize was presented to budding artists related to Okayama.

During the ceremony, Governor IBARAGI presented certificates of commendation and commemorative prizes to grand prize winner Mr. HIRAKO Yuichi and encouragement prize winners Ms. HIHARA Seiko and Ms. YAMADA Ayaka.

The Mr. I Prize was established thanks to a donation from Mr. ITO Kensuke, born in Takahashi City, with the aim of fostering young artists to lead the next generation of Okayama.

Okayama Prefecture Top Athlete Award Ceremony     Posted on February 21st, 2020

2019岡山県トップアスリート賞等表彰式1        2019岡山県トップアスリート賞等表彰式2

On February 21st, the Ceremony 2019 of Okayama Prefecture Top Athlete Award, presented to athletes with superlative performances in international games, was held at the Okayama Prefectural Office.

48 individuals and 19 groups were given the award. In addition, one individual was presented with the Okayama Prefecture Sports Masters Award and two individuals and one group were inducted into the Okayama Prefecture Honorary Sports Hall of Fame.

Governor IBARAGI said, “I hope more athletes compete in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games to further develop athletics in Okayama.”

On the behalf of the award recipients, MAEDA Honami, a member of the Tenmaya Women’s Athletic Club and 2020 Tokyo Olympic marathon representative said, “I hope to achieve great results to show the world the strength of athletics in Okayama.”

The Okayama Seagulls Volleyball Team Pays a Courtesy Visit to the Governor
Posted on January 30th, 2020

岡山シーガルズOKAYAMA Seagullsが知事を表敬訪問

Coming off of a second place finish for the Division 1 Women’s V-league 2019-2020 season, members of the Okayama Seagulls visit Governor Ibaragi on January 30th.

Team manager Kawamoto reported results for the 2019-2020 season, and captain Yoshida spoke about her aspirations, expressing, “I regret falling just one step short of victory, but our team has shown its growth.”

Governor Ibaragi presented the team with commemorative gifts, stating “Coach Kawamoto paving the way for the players’ steady effort and development made me very proud.“

Iki-Iki Talk with the Governor : “Towards the Realization of a Multicultural Society
Posted on January 28th, 2020

『多文化共生社会の実現に向けて』をテーマに「知事と一緒に生き活きトーク」を開催1          『多文化共生社会の実現に向けて』をテーマに「知事と一緒に生き活きトーク」を開催2

On January 28th, the 8th Iki-Iki Talk of 2019 with Governor Ibaragi was held at the Okayama International Center.

International citizens residing in Okayama Prefecture and personnel involved in the acceptance, coexistence and securement of foreign human resources within local communities met to discuss “The Realization of a Multicultural Society”.

The participants exchanged opinions on various topics including their impressions of Okayama as residents and ideas for solving challenges faced during exchange activities, consultation services and accepting foreign human resources.

Golfer SHIBUNO Hinako, the Women’s British Open Champion, Awarded Okayama Prefectural Sports Special Commendation     Posted on December 6th, 2019

全英女子オープンゴルフで優勝した渋野日向子選手へのスポーツ特別顕賞授与式1            全英女子オープンゴルフで優勝した渋野日向子選手へのスポーツ特別顕賞授与式2

On December 6th, SHIBUNO Hinako, who became the AIG Women's British Open Champion this past August, was presented with the Okayama Prefectural Sports Special Commendation. 

Governor IBARAGI said, “Winning the British Open is amazing, and you have continued your excellent performance since then. I am tremendously happy to see your success as an Okayama-raised athlete. I am very proud to present you to this prize on behalf of the citizens of Okayama, to whom you have brought much joy.” He presented her with a certificate of commendation and a commemorative gift.

Ms. SHIBUNO said with a big smile, “It’s such an honor to receive this prestigious prize. I was born in Okayama and have been supported and fostered by the community here. I will try harder to show my gratitude, so please continue to cheer me on.”

“Autumn Fantasy Garden” Opening Ceremony Held at Okayama Korakuen Garden  Posted on November 15th, 2019

岡山後楽園「秋の幻想庭園」オープニングセレモニーを開催

The opening ceremony for Okayama Korakuen Garden’s “Autumn Fantasy Garden” and Okayama Castle’s “Autumn Ujo Illumination Dream Night” was held on November 15th.

Accompanied by a shamisen (Japanese guitar) performance on Sawanoike Pond’s floating stage, all of the garden’s illuminations were lit up at governor IBARAGI’s signal.

The beautiful colors of the autumn leaves displayed at Okayama Korakuen Garden were illuminated. Many events, including tea ceremony workshops at the Kakumei-kan House, Korakuen Night Market (gourmet event) at the western outer garden, were held until November 24th.

Meeting Held between Governor of Okayama Prefecture and Mayor of Okayama City   Posted on November 1st, 2019

岡山県知事と岡山市長との懇談会を開催

A meeting between governor IBARAGI and Okayama City’s mayor OMORI was held at Okayama Prefectural Office on November 1st.

At the meeting, governor IBARAGI and mayor OMORI discussed cooperation on flood control measures and support policies for foreign nationals. They also confirmed the continuation of problem solving under cooperation between prefecture and city.

Consul General of France in Kyoto Pays a Courtesy Visit to Governor      Posted on October 18th, 2019

在京都フランス総領事が知事を表敬訪問

On October 18th, Mr. Jules Irrmann, Consul General of France in Kyoto, paid a courtesy visit to Governor Ibaragi.

At the meeting, the Governor talked about his own experiences living in France, and discussed with Mr. Irrmann future exchanges between Okayama and France.

Overseas Technical Trainees Pay Courtesy Visit to Governor     Posted on October 1st, 2019

海外技術研修員が知事を表敬訪問

On October 1st, five technical trainees from Brazil, Argentina, China, Cambodia and Mongolia came to Okayama as participants of the Local to Local Overseas Technical Trainee Hosting Project run by the Prefectural Government. They and their host institutions paid a courtesy visit to Governor Ibaragi.

At the meeting, they talked about what they had learned during their 3-to-4 month visits, such as future aspirations and overall impressions of Okayama. The Governor said based on his own experiences studying abroad that, “I look forward to all of you contributing to the development of your home country using the techniques and knowledge that you have acquired, while also enjoying your stay in Okayama”.

The World Judo Championships Tokyo 2019 Winner SONE Akira Attends Okayama Prefectural Sports Special Commendation Ceremony          Posted on September 26th, 2019

2019世界柔道選手権東京大会において優勝した素根輝選手の特別顕賞授与式

On September 26th, SONE Akira, International Pacific University (IPU), World Judo Championships Tokyo 2019 winner, was presented Okayama Prefectural Sports Special Commendation at the Okayama Prefectural Government.

Governor Ibaragi said, “Congratulations on your victory at the World Judo Championships. I hope you can compete and medal in the Olympics after winning the next competition in Osaka (Grand Slam Osaka). Recently, Okayama’s female athletes have been performing impressively. Please continue to be diligent and do your best.” He presented her with a certificate of commendation and a commemorative gift.

SONE answered powerfully, saying, “I’m happy to be champion. There’s lots of important matches coming up, but I’m going to do my best to win them one game at a time.”

Governor Ibaragi Promotes Top Okayama Companies in Silicon Valley, USA     Posted on August 31st, 2019

アメリカ・シリコンバレーで知事トップセールスを実施1        アメリカ・シリコンバレーで知事トップセールスを実施2

From August 25th to 31st, Governor Ibaragi, together with prefectural enterprises, visited Silicon Valley in order to support their overseas business activities on the sidelines of the Japan Governors’ Meeting convened by the U.S.-Japan Council.

The Governor exchanged opinions with California state government and local enterprises, and promoted local products and technology at the exhibition.

The Land of Sunshine Sports and Host Town Fest    Posted on August 18th, 2019

晴れの国スポーツ&ホストタウンフェスタを開催

On August 17th and 18th, the “Land of Sunshine Sports and Host Town Fest – One year to go to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020” was held at AEON MALL Okayama Mirai Square in Kita-ku, Okayama-shi.

Following the opening ceremony attended by Vice Governor Sato, a talk show between Olympians and Paralympian was conducted, along with various demonstrations. In addition, hands-on sports booths and host town promotion corners were set up, allowing everyone from children to adults to enjoy the event.

JICA Volunteers Departure Meeting Held          Posted on July 11th, 2019

JICA海外協力隊出発激励会を開催

On July 11th, a departure meeting for JICA Volunteers from Okayama Prefecture was held at the Okayama Prefectural Government.

The three volunteers will be dispatched to the Plurinational State of Bolivia, the Republic of Rwanda and Malaysia, and will spend about two years contributing to development in their respective countries while working in fields such as electricity, education and medical welfare.

Vice Governor Kikuchi offered words of encouragement, “The countries to which you’re being dispatched have a very different culture, especially in language and lifestyle. However, please do your best to contribute to the development of your respective countries, making full use of your knowledge and ability.” The vice governor also delegated the volunteers as “Okayama International Cooperation Ambassadors,” to serve as bridges between the citizens of Okayama Prefecture and the people of their assigned countries, and presented them with letters of appointment to that effect.

Kake Educational Institution Cultural Training Delegation to Japan Pays Courtesy Visit to Governor Ibaragi        Posted on July 5th, 2019

「加計学園訪日文化研修団」が知事を表敬訪問

On July 5th, a training delegation comprised of 30 students and staff from educational institutions conducting educational exchange with the Kake Educational Institution paid a courtesy visit to Governor Ibaragi at the Okayama Prefectural Government. These institutions included 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.

Governor Ibaragi said based on his own experiences studying abroad that, “Travelling overseas and experiencing other cultures at a young age was very important to me. I hope this training in Japan can provide meaningful experiences to you.”

2019 Volleyball Women’s Summer League Players Pay Courtesy Visit to Governor    Posted on June 27th, 2019

2019V・サマーリーグ女子の出場選手が知事を表敬訪問

On June 27th, prior to the 2019 Volleyball Women’s Summer League Western Games to be held at Zip Arena Okayama, players participating in the Games, Director General Oki of the Japan Volleyball League Organization, and Director Makimoto of the Okayama Volleyball Association paid a courtesy visit to Governor Ibaragi.

After Director General Oki’s announcement of holding the Games, Ms. Yoshida, representative for the Okayama Seagulls, expressed her wishes: “We, as fresh new faces, will strive for the championship in order to encourage the people of our home regions.” The governor followed by saying, “I hope you will put in a powerful performance to ignite the passions of your communities,” before presenting gifts to the players and directors.

Olympian and Paralympian Development Project’s Athletes Targeted for High Performance Certification Ceremony        Posted on June 24th, 2019

「オリンピアン・パラリンピアン育成事業」強化指定選手証交付式

On June 24th, the ceremony granting certification to athletes targeted for high performance by the Olympian and Paralympian Development Project 2019 was held at the Okayama Prefectural Government.

The objective of this project is to support for more athletes who have a connection with Okayama Prefecture so they can compete in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Governor Ibaragi stated, “I think that it is a momentous occasion in your lives for the Olympic and Paralympic Games to be held in your home country. Seeing your efforts to participate in the games will be a huge encouragement to your fellow citizens. Please do your best; the citizens of Okayama and I will be rooting for you.”

Meeting Held for Returning Japan JICA Volunteers         Posted on May 27th, 2019

JICA海外協力隊帰国報告会を開催

On May 27th, a meeting was held at Okayama Prefectural Government Office for returning JICA Volunteers (Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers and Senior Volunteers).

Three Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers and one Senior Volunteer returned from four countries, the Republic of Mozambique, Mongolia, the Republic of Chile, and the Republic of Ghana, respectively. The volunteers, all from Okayama prefecture, shared their stories and valuable experiences from abroad with Vice Governor Kikuchi.

JICA Volunteer Programs are overseas volunteer programs conducted by JICA, the Japan International Cooperation Agency.

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary Paid a Courtesy Visit to Vice Governor      Posted on May 14th, 2019

ハンガリー外務貿易省副大臣が副知事を表敬訪問 

On May 14th, Mr. Levente Magyar, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary paid a courtesy visit to Vice Governor Kikuchi.

Deputy Minister Magyar said, “This year marks the 150th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Hungary, so I hope to further deepen friendships.”

At the meeting, they discussed future business exchanges between Okayama and Hungary.

Shujitsu High School Soft Tennis Club Pays a Courtesy Visit to the Governor    Posted on April 24th, 2019

就実高等学校ソフトテニス部が知事を表敬訪問

On April 24th, members of the Shujitsu High School Soft Tennis Club, winners of the 44th National High School Soft Tennis Invitational Tournament, paid a courtesy visit to Governor Ibaragi.

The Governor celebrated with the club, stating, “It is very difficult to even enter the national invitational tournament, so winning the championship is amazing. I think that striving for victory and strong teamwork will serve as a useful experience for you to draw on in the future.”  The Club President, Ms. Ishii, expressed her gratitude, saying, “I am so happy we could win the national tournament. We will also try to win the National Inter-High School Championship Summer Cup.”

Consul General of the Republic of Indonesia in Osaka Pays a Courtesy Visit to Governor          Posted on April 22nd, 2019

在大阪インドネシア共和国総領事が知事を表敬訪問

On April 22nd, Mr. Mirza Nurhidayat, Consul General of the Republic of Indonesia in Osaka, paid a courtesy visit to Governor Ibaragi.

At the meeting, they discussed future business exchanges between Indonesia and Okayama.

The Meisei Gakuin Senior High School Japanese Calligraphy Club Pays a Courtesy Visit to the Governor          Posted on March 27th, 2019

明誠学院高等学校書道部が知事を表敬訪問

On March 27th, the members of the Meisei Gakuin Senior High School Japanese Calligraphy Club, which won the Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Minister’s Award (first prize for individual category) at the 62nd National New Year Japanese Calligraphy Exhibition and has obtained several prestigious awards at various national events, paid a courtesy visit to Governor Ibaragi.

The Governor celebrated with the club stating, “I am very pleased that you achieve such amazing results every year.”
The Club President, Ms. Namba, expressed her gratitude with the following statement, “After the disaster that struck Okayama this past year, we want to try and encourage many people through our work.”  

Agreement Finalized with Okayama University       Posted on March 25th, 2019

 

国立大学法人岡山大学と協定を締結

The Okayama Prefectural Government and Okayama University finalized an agreement for mutual cooperation relating to regional industry development projects in collaboration with universities, aiming to develop technologies of local businesses in Okayama and promote education and research of universities, and to revitalize the region.

According to this agreement, the government plans to establish the Joint Research Center between Industry and Universities (tentative name) in Okayama University.

Ambassador of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in Japan Pays a Courtesy Visit to Governor          Posted on February 20th, 2019

駐日ベトナム大使が知事を表敬訪問

On February 20th, His Excellency Mr. Vu Hong Nam, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in Japan paid a courtesy visit to Governor Ibaragi.

At the meeting, the Governor talked about his impressions during his visit to Vietnam and they discussed future business exchanges between Vietnam and Okayama.

Ambassador of India in Japan and Consul General of India, Osaka-Kobe Pay a Courtesy Visit to Governor          Posted on February 18th, 2019

駐日インド大使、在大阪・神戸インド総領事が知事を表敬訪問

On February 18th, His Excellency Mr. Sanjay Kumar Verma, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of India in Japan and Mr. Balasubramanian Shyam, Consul General of India, Osaka-Kobe paid a courtesy visit to Governor Ibaragi.

The Ambassador talked about the Pune Okayama Friendship Garden, a Japanese-style garden, located in Pune, India and they discussed future business exchanges between Okayama and India.

Agreement Finalized with the Royal Spanish Athletics Federation      Posted on January 17th, 2019

スペイン陸上競技連盟との協定締結

On January 17th, an agreement regarding pre-game training camps for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games was formalized with the Royal Spanish Athletics Federation in Madrid,Spain. According to this agreement, the Spanish national athletics team selected for the Tokyo Olympics 2020 will hold their pre-game training camps in Okayama City.

This is the fourth agreement relating to pre-game training camps in Okayama Prefecture. Okayama is set to host those camps for Spain’s judo team in Okayama City, Bulgarian badminton team in Okayama City and New Zealand’s weightlifting team in Kurashiki City.

Meeting Held for Senior High School Students Affected by the Heavy Rain Disaster Returning from Egypt           Posted on January 7th, 2019

豪雨災害で被災した高校生のエジプト訪問帰国報告会

On January 7th, after being affected by the heavy rain disaster in July of 2018, a meeting for Okayama’s senior high school students who were invited to the Arab Republic of Egypt by the Egyptian Government was held at the Okayama Prefectural Government.

At the meeting, they talked about their impressions of the pyramids, the temples and the friendliness of the Egyptian people, and expressed their hopes of studying more English.

The Governor encouraged them based on his own experiences studying abroad, “Your experiences through travelling abroad will have great efforts in your future life. Taking advantage of this visit, I hope you will be a person who can help people in need.”

Iki-Iki Talk with the Governor Held under the Theme of Aiming for Global Human Resource Development          Posted on December 25th, 2018

『グローバルに活躍できる人材の育成に向けて』をテーマに「知事と一緒に生き活きトーク」を開催1      『グローバルに活躍できる人材の育成に向けて』をテーマに「知事と一緒に生き活きトーク」を開催2

On December 25th, the fourth iki-iki talk of 2018 with the Governor was held at the Okayama International Center.

At this meeting, participants explained their opinions under the theme of aiming for global human resource development, including how they want to use their acquired experiences through studying abroad in their works and effective methods.

Okayama Prefectural Policy Awarded Advanced Policy Grand Prize from National Governors’ Association          Posted on December 3rd, 2018

岡山県の施策が全国知事会の先進政策大賞を受賞

On December 3rd, a debriefing meeting was held in order to report to the Governor on policies that had been awarded as outstanding policies at the 11th Advanced Policy Creation Council held in Tokyo in November.

At the council, Okayama’s five prefectural policies were awarded. One of these policies, a first in Japan which focus on the prefecture supporting the municipalities through creating a service where residents from among the local community cooperate and accompany each other while using the welfare institution’s vehicles during its unused times to support the elderly, has received the grand prize as an advanced policy-a policy managed by the Senior Citizens Division.

Consul-General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Osaka-Kobe Pays Courtesy Visit to Governor        Posted on November 15th, 2018

駐大阪・神戸ドイツ連邦共和国総領事が知事を表敬訪問

On November 15th Dr. Werner Koehler, Consul-General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Osaka-Kobe, paid a courtesy visit to Governor Ibaragi.

The Governor received words of condolence and encouragement from the Consul-General regarding the disaster caused by the heavy rain in July. They also discussed future exchanges between Okayama and Germany.

Comprehensive Collaboration Agreement with Life Insurance Companies        Posted on November 2nd, 2018

生命保険会社と包括連携協定を締結1        生命保険会社と包括連携協定を締結2

On November 2nd, the Okayama Prefectural Government entered into a comprehensive collaboration agreement, one with the Dai-ichi Life Insurance Company, and another one with Sumitomo Life Insurance Company―their aim of strengthening close collaborations and further promoting Okayama’s revitalization through various efforts by effectively utilizing the resources held by both.

According to this agreement, they will all work on improving welfare and health, ensuring the safety and security of the region and lifestyle, and developing support for the elderly and the disabled.

Participants in the Local Government Exchange and Cooperation Seminar Pay Courtesy Visit to Governor            Posted on October 31st, 2018

海外自治体幹部交流協力セミナー参加者が知事を表敬訪問

On October 31st, nine overseas local government officials, who came from the United States of America and Canada to participate in the Local Government Exchange and Cooperation Seminar hosted by the Council of Local Authorities for International Relations(CLAIR), paid a courtesy visit to Governor Ibaragi.

The delegation is planning to inspect companies in Okayama Prefecture and hold discussions under the theme of Okayama industry development. The Governor said, “I hope this visit can deepen your understanding of Okayama Prefecture and provide a meaningful experience to both our regions.

Overseas Technical Trainees Pay Courtesy Visit to Governor     Posted on October 4th, 2018

海外技術研修員が知事を表敬訪問

On October 4th, four Technical Trainees from Brazil, China and Cambodia came to Okayama as participants of the Local to Local Overseas Technical Trainee Hosting Project run by the Prefectural Government, and paid a courtesy visit to Governor Ibaragi.

At the meeting, they expressed about what they had learned during their approximately 4 month long visit, such as future aspirations and overall impressions of Okayama. The Governor said, “I look forward to all of you contributing to the development of your home country using the techniques and knowledge that you have acquired, while also becoming bridges of friendship between your home country and Okayama Prefecture”.

Autumn Traffic Safety Prefectural Citizens’ Campaign Promotion Event Held    Posted on September 21st, 2018

秋の交通安全県民運動推進行事を開催1       秋の交通安全県民運動推進行事を開催2

On September 21st, Autumn Traffic Safety Prefectural Citizens’ Campaign Promotion Event 2018 was held at the front area of the prefectural building.

Members of the Okayama Technical High School Cycling Club were appointed as Traffic Safety Ambassadors.  A representative student expressed his determination toward the prevention of traffic accidents.

After that, twelve bicycle-riding Traffic Safety Ambassadors and six traffic police unit motorcycles departed to promote awareness and manage traffic.

Emperor and Empress Visit Heavy Rain-hit Prefectures in Western Japan      Posted on September 14th, 2018

天皇皇后両陛下が豪雨被災地をご訪問されました1           天皇皇后両陛下が豪雨被災地をご訪問されました2

天皇皇后両陛下が豪雨被災地をご訪問されました3

On September 14th, the Emperor and Empress visited Mabi District in Kurashiki City that was hit hard by the torrential rain in western Japan.  After hearing the accounts of the damage by Governor Ibaragi, the Emperor and Empress saw the collapsed levee of Oda River.

Following that, the Emperor and Empress met about 30 evacuees and rescue workers at the Mabi General Park Gymnasium and spoke to each one words of sympathy and appreciation.

Vertical Banner Displayed for Reconstruction of West Japan Floods July in 2018     Posted on August 7th, 2018

平成30年7月豪雨災害復興に向け懸垂幕を掲出

On August 7th, it has been one month since the heavy rain in July, 2018, and the Okayama Prefectural Government displayed a vertical banner on the north side of the Prefectural Government Building wall to heighten the momentum towards recovery.

Governor Ibaragi said, “We and the whole of Okayama will work to the best of our abilities to aid Okayama with prompt recovery and reconstruction.”

Agreement Finalized with Mitsubishi Motors Corporation      Posted on August 7th, 2018

三菱自動車工業株式会社と連携協定を締結

On August 7th, the Okayama Prefectural Government and Mitsubishi Motors Corporation finalized an agreement with the aim of promoting industries with realizing the regions shift to EVs in Okayama, and to utilize effectively resources held by both relating to electric vehicles (EVs) and plug in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs).

According to this agreement, the government will work on developing support for new technologies and products related to EVs and PHEVs by local businesses in Okayama.

ARASHI member Kazunari Ninomiya Presented Donation to Governor       Posted on July 23rd, 2018

嵐の二宮和也さんが知事へ義援金を贈呈1         嵐の二宮和也さんが知事へ義援金を贈呈2

On July 23rd, a donation presentation ceremony for West Japan Floods July in 2018 was held at Prefectural Government Office.

Mr. Kazunari Ninomiya, a member of Arashi, presented the Governor a 50 million yen donation from the Arashi’s Wakuwaku School 2018 proceeds and relief goods for evacuation centers.

Mr. Ninomiya said, “I would like to provide my full support for the people having a hard time from the disaster.” The Governor extended his thanks to him, “On behalf of the prefectural citizens, I would like to express my great appreciation for your kind aid to encourage and provide emotional support to many victims of the disaster.”

Additional Agreement Finalization for Disaster Public Health Activity     Posted on July 5th, 2018

災害時公衆衛生活動への協力に関する協定を追加締結

On July 5th, the Okayama Prefectural Government finalized an agreement with Okayama Acupuncture & Moxibustion Association, Okayama Retired Public Health Nurse Association Momo no kai and Japan Health Fitness Programmers' Association Okayama Branch, with the terms of organizing a public health activity team to protect the disaster victims’ health at the time of disaster.

According to this additional agreement, the agreement partners reach a number of 22 vocational organizations and team activities will be developed by securing human resources as team members and adding new types of professions.

JICA Volunteers Departure Meeting Held         Posted on June 22nd, 2018

JICAボランティア出発激励会

On June 22nd, a departure meeting for JICA Volunteers from Okayama Prefecture was held at the Okayama Prefectural Government Office.   

The five volunteers will be dispatched to developing countries in Africa, Latin America and Oceania, and will spend the next two years contributing to development in their respective countries while working in fields such as education, sports, and community development.

Vice Governor Miyachi 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.

Press Conference Held for “HALLEWOOD Actor Auditions 2018”        Posted on June 1st, 2018

「ハレウッド俳優オーディション2018」開催発表会1         「ハレウッド俳優オーディション2018」開催発表会2

On June 1st, press conference for a PR event to audition actors for HALLEWOOD, which will select people to appear in a PR video for Okayama Prefecture, was held at the Tottori Okayama Shimbashikan, a shop that sells local goods to the capital city area.

Governor Ibaragi and “Chidori”, a manzai comedy duo and Land of Sunshine Ambasaddors, attended a press conference. Nobu, a member of Chidori, called on people saying “people from outside of Okayama Prefecture are also eligible to apply; I would like to ask for Chidori’s fans to apply for an audition. I am looking forward to meeting strong personality types.”

※HALLEWOOD (A play on words referencing Okayama’s moniker as “Hare no Kuni” or “Land of Sunshine”)

Debriefing Meeting Held for Returning Japan JICA Volunteers        Posted on May 24th, 2018

JICAボランティア帰国報告会

On May 24th, a debriefing meeting was held at Okayama Prefectural building for returning JICA Volunteers (Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers and Senior Volunteers).

Two Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers and two senior volunteers returned from three countries, the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, Independent State of Samoa, Mongolia, respectively. The volunteers, all from Okayama prefecture, shared their stories and valuable experiences from abroad with Vice Governor Miyachi.

COOL BIZ Campaign Start         Posted on May 1st, 2018

クールビズ・スタートキャンペーン

At the start of Cool Biz Prefectural Citizens’ Campaign, on May 1st, Vice Governor Sato and Director General Katayama of the Department of Environment and Culture visited the Okayama Association of Corporate Executives and the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry in Okayama Prefecture to request their cooperation in the Cool Biz Campaign for them to encourage other member organizations to implement it as well.

The Cool Biz Prefectural Citizens’ Campaign runs from May 1st to October 31st.

※Cool Biz is a lifestyle campaign designed to allow workers to be comfortable in temperatures up to 28 degrees Celsius so as to minimize air conditioning use in summer.

Consul-General of the United Kingdom in Osaka Pays Courtesy Visit to Governor   Posted on April 27th, 2018

在大阪英国総領事が知事を表敬訪問

On April 27th, Ms. Sarah Wooten, Consul-General of the United Kingdom in Osaka, paid a courtesy visit to Governor Ibaragi.

She talked about her impressions of Okayama during her visit to the G7 Kurashiki Education Minister’s Meeting in Okayama held in 2016. Also, they discussed future exchanges in the field of business between Okayama and the United Kingdom.

Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan to Japan Pays Courtesy Visit to Governor    Posted on April 24th, 2018

駐日アゼルバイジャン共和国特命全権大使が知事を表敬訪問

On April 24th, His Excellency Mr. Gursel Qudrat Oglu Ismayilzada, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Azerbaijan to Japan, paid a courtesy visit to Governor Ibaragi.

The Ambassador introduced Azerbaijan’s industry, agriculture and sports and they discussed future exchanges in a broad range of areas.

Consul-General of the United States of America in Osaka-Kobe Paid a Courtesy Visit to Governor        Posted on April 9th, 2018

駐大阪・神戸米国総領事が知事を表敬訪問

On April 9th, Ms. Karen D. Kelly, Consul-General of the United States of America in Osaka-Kobe, paid a courtesy visit to Governor Ibaragi.

During the meeting, he discussed the importance of study abroad based on his experiences and they exchanged opinions.

Blouson Chiemi appointed “Land of Sunshine Ambassador”     Posted on March 23rd, 2018

ブルゾンちえみさんが「おかやま晴れの国大使」に就任1         ブルゾンちえみさんが「おかやま晴れの国大使」に就任2

On March 23rd, comedian and Okayama City native, Ms. Blouson Chiemi assumed office as one of Okayama’s “Land of Sunshine Ambassadors” and an appointing ceremony was held at the Tottori Okayama Shimbashi-kan, a specialty shop that sells local goods to the Tokyo city area.

Ms. Blouson Chiemi walked onstage wearing an outfit featuring motifs of muscat grapes and white peaches, which are specialty products of the prefecture. She expressed her enthusiasm stating “I am very glad to assist Okayama so that it can be appreciated by people from other prefectures. I will do my best.”

From now on, as an ambassador, Ms. Blouson Chiemi will provide information on activities related to Okayama from outside of the prefecture and assist with its PR efforts etc.

Tokyo Disney Resort Ambassador Pays Courtesy Visit to Governor     Posted on March 20th, 2018

東京ディズニーリゾート・アンバサダーが知事を表敬訪問

On March 20th, Ms. Nozomi Fukumoto, the Ambassador of Tokyo Disney Resort, celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2018, along with Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse paid a courtesy visit to Governor Ibaragi.

Governor Ibaragi stated, “Disney Land is a place where people can always come to just feel happy.  I hope that prefectural citizens will visit Disney Land using Okayama Momotaro Airport.” Ms. Fukumoto responded, “I hope everyone will please come see the new daily parade!”

Okayama Prefecture Top Athletes Award Ceremony       Posted on February 23rd, 2018

岡山県トップアスリート賞等表彰式1          岡山県トップアスリート賞等表彰式2

On February 23rd, the Okayama Prefecture Top Athletes Award Ceremony 2017 was held at the Okayama Prefectural Office.

61 individuals and 11 groups were commended with the Okayama Prefecture Top Athletes Award, 1 individual was commended with the Okayama Prefecture Sports Masters Award and 2 individuals were commended with entry into the Okayama Prefecture Honorary Sports Hall of Fame. The recipients were presented a certificate and an award by Governor Ibaragi.

Consulate-General of the People’s Republic of China in Osaka Pays Courtesy Visit to Governor          Posted on February 9th, 2018

中国駐大阪総領事が知事を表敬訪問

On February 9th, Mr. Li Tianran, Consulate-General of the People’s Republic of China in Osaka, paid a courtesy visit to Governor Ibaragi.

During the meeting, they shared opinions in some fields of exchange such as medicine, between Okayama and China.

Press Conference Held for “HALLEWOOD” PR Video (second version)   
~“Ii ne! Good Job!”              Posted on January 19th, 2018

ハレウッド動画(第二弾)記者発表会を開催~今度の動画は「いいね、Good Job」~1        ハレウッド動画(第二弾)記者発表会を開催~今度の動画は「いいね、Good Job」~2

On January 19th, 2018, the second version of a PR video produced for Okayama Prefecture was screened at the Okayama Prefectural Government Building. Governor Ibaragi and Mr. Tomoya Maeno from Kurashiki City, who is an actor, movie director and Okayama Land of Sunshine Ambassador, along with four other “HALLEWOOD” actors and actresses attended this event.

Governor Ibaragi stated “I had wondered about how to express the themes of ‘Immigration and Enterprise Promotion’ through a PR video, but things went according to plan and I am very pleased with the result.”

Movie Director Maeno responded, “It was a difficult theme, but I was very excited. The finished video was wonderful, in a few words; it was a “good job, Ii ne”.  I hope to go for a world-class prize with a HALLEWOOD production.”

※HALLEWOOD (A play on words referencing Okayama’s moniker as “Hare no Kuni” or “Land of Sunshine”)

Okayama Technology Exhibition (OTEX) 2018       Posted on January 17th, 2018

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The 2018 Okayama Technology Exhibition, which is the largest exhibition and business meeting of the mechanical manufacturing technology field in the Chugoku/Shikoku regions, was held at Convex Okayama for two days starting January 17th.

Exhibition sites were crowded with about 9,100 visitors, which was the about the same as the largest past convention. 172 small and medium size companies and organizations in Okayama actively promoted their best processing technology and manufactured products to further the campaign for “Manufacturing Prefecture, Okayama”.

Following his opening speech, Governor Ibaragi encouraged exhibitors to walk around the booths and talk with senior high school students.

Finalization of Pre-game Training Camp Agreement for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games with the Spanish Judo Federation           Posted on December 4, 2017

東京オリンピック事前キャンプに関する協定をスペイン柔道連盟と締結

On December 4th, five organizations including Okayama Prefecture, the City of Okayama, the Okayama Prefectural Judo Federation, International Pacific University and the Spanish Judo Federation formalized an agreement regarding pre-games training camps for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

According to this agreement, the Spanish national judo team selected for the Tokyo Olympics taking place on July 24th, 2020 will hold their pre-game training camps in Okayama City as well as develop further mutual exchange through Judo between Okayama Prefecture and the Kingdom of Spain.

Finalization of Pre-game Training Camps Agreement for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games with Bulgarian Badminton Federation       Posted on December 3, 2017

東京五輪事前キャンプに関する協定をブルガリア共和国バドミントン協会と締結

On December 3rd, four organizations including Okayama Prefecture, the City of Okayama, the Okayama Badminton Association and the Bulgarian Badminton Federation finalized an agreement regarding pre-game training camps for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

According to this agreement, the Bulgarian national team selected for the Tokyo Olympics taking place on July 24, 2020 will hold their pre-games training camps in Okayama City as well as develop further mutual exchanges through Badminton between Okayama Prefecture and the Republic of Bulgaria.

Consul-General of the Republic of Indonesia in Osaka Pays Courtesy Visit to Governor       Posted on November 30, 2017

在大阪インドネシア共和国総領事が知事を表敬訪問

On November 30, Mr. Wisnu Edi Pratignyo, Consul-General of the Republic of Indonesia in Osaka paid a courtesy visit to Governor Ibaragi.

Because the Consul-General is leaving his position at the end of this year, he discussed his memories during his term in office and encouraged the strengthening of exchange and cooperation between Okayama Prefecture and Indonesia in the fields of tourism and business.

“Autumn Fantasy Garden” Lighting Ceremony Held at Okayama Korakuen Garden           Posted on November 17, 2017

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 17, the “Autumn Fantasy Garden”, a special night-time lighting event, opened at Okayama Korakuen Garden for the fall season. The Lighting Ceremony was held by the Governor Ibaragi with attendant guests.

At the Governor’s direction, all of the garden’s illuminations lit up the grass and the beautiful autumn colors of the leaves. It was accompanied by decorations of Wagasa,, (Japanese umbrellas) and an er-hu (a two-stringed Chinese violin) performance.

The event included Bizen-ware pottery and a stained glass exhibition inside the building and music performance at Noh stage. The “Autumn Fantasy Garden” event was held until November 26.

Study Abroad Fair in Okayama 2017         Posted on October 28, 2017

留学促進フェアin OKAYAMA 2017 開催

On October 28, Study Abroad Fair in Okayama 2017 was held together with co-host U.S. Consulate General Osaka-Kobe in Okayama City.

The Fair provided various information related to study abroad, including a talk show between Governor Ibaragi and television personality Mari Sekine, and consultations with various US universities.

Following the talk show, Governor Ibaragi walked around the venue, to the US university booths, other related organizations, while talking with US university officials and senior high school and university students. 

South Australia Government Pays Courtesy Visit to Governor       Posted on October 11, 2017

南オーストラリア州訪問団が知事を表敬訪問

On October 10, a delegation from South Australia led by Minister Martin Hamilton-Smith paid a courtesy visit to Governor Ibaragi.

During the meeting, they exchanged opinions to strengthen the exchange and cooperation in a wide field between South Australia and Okayama Prefecture such as agriculture, manufacturing, education and health industry.

To mark the 25th anniversary of the Sister-state relationship next year, the Minister passed on an invitation to visit South Australia to the Governor.

Socialist Republic of Vietnam Ambassador to Japan Pays Courtesy Visit to Governor             Posted on October 4, 2017

駐日ベトナム社会主義共和国大使が知事を表敬訪問

On October 4, H.E. Mr. Nguyen Quoc Cuong, Ambassador of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to Japan paid a courtesy visit to Governor Ibaragi.

Discussions about business and educational exchanges including companies branching out from Okayama and exchange students from Vietnam, followed by talks about strengthening exchange and cooperation between Vietnam and Okayama Prefecture.

Overseas Technical Trainees Pay Courtesy Visit to Governor      Posted on September 27, 2017

海外技術研修員が知事を表敬訪問

On September 27, five professional trainees from Brazil, Peru, China, Myanmar and Nepal came to Okayama as participants of the “Local to Local” Overseas Technical Trainee Hosting Project run by the Prefectural Government.          

Along with representatives from their host organizations, they paid a courtesy visit to Governor Ibaragi. Among other topics, they discussed what they had learned during their approximately 3 month long visit, and their overall impressions of Okayama. The Governor encouraged them based on his own experiences studying abroad.

The Governor closed by 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”.

China Jiangxi Province Delegation Pays Courtesy Visit to Vice Governor Miyachi       Posted on August 22nd, 2017

中国江西省訪問団が宮地副知事を表敬訪問

On August 22nd, the China Jiangxi Province Delegation paid a courtesy visit to Vice Governor Miyachi and they talked about strengthening the exchange and cooperation between Jiangxi Province and Okayama Prefecture.

JCI JAPAN UN Youth Ambassadors Pay Courtesy Visit to Governor      Posted on August 9th, 2017

JCI JAPAN少年少女国連大使が知事を表敬訪問

On August 9th, Governor Ibaragi was paid a visit by Miss Sakurako Hayashi and Mr. Dai Sakamoto, who attended training in places such as UN headquarters in New York in US as JCI JAPAN UN Youth Ambassadors, which was recruited by the Junior Chamber International Japan from around the country.

After receiving reports on their training from them, the Governor encouraged them saying, “I wish for you to talk about your valuable experiences to your friends.”

Consul-General of Australia in Osaka Pays Courtesy Visit to Governor          Posted on August 9th, 2017

在大阪オーストラリア総領事が知事を表敬訪問

On August 9th, Mr. David Alan Lawson, Consul-General of Australia in Osaka, paid a courtesy visit to Governor Ibaragi.

They talked about strengthening the exchange and cooperation between Australia and Okayama Prefecture.

The Momo-musume Girls Pay a Visit to the Governor         Posted on July 12th, 2017

桃娘が知事を表敬訪問

On July 12th, Governor Ibaragi was paid a visit by 2 of the representatives for Momotaro, the Momo-musume girls, who promote local fruit from Okayama in places such as Okayama Station.

The Momo-musume girls, upon giving peaches to Governor Ibaragi, stated their sincere desire to “promote Okayama through local goods such as peaches, so that people will want to visit over and over again.” The governor encouraged them by stating “Please do your best to promote the peaches which are carefully grown by our producers.”

Momotaro and the Momo-musume girls will have a special PR event from July 15th to August 6th.

Japanese Gentian Flower Producers from Niimi Pay a Visit to the Governor        Posted on July 3rd, 2017

新見市「りんどう」生産者が知事を表敬訪問

On July 3rd, as the peak season of production draws closer, Ms. Ikeda, the mayor of Niimi city, and local producers of Japanese Gentian flowers visited Governor Ibaragi as part of a PR campaign.

Upon receiving a 100 stem bouquet from local producer Mr. Okuyama, Governor Ibaragi encouraged him by stating “While Niimi may be famous for its grade A, gourmet food products (such as chiyagyuu beef, and pione grapes) I am looking forward to the advancement of its blossoming flower industry.”

Debriefing Meeting Held for Returning Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers and Senior Volunteer             Posted on June 5, 2017

青年海外協力隊等帰国報告会を開催

On June 5, a debriefing meeting was held at Okayama Prefectural building for returneing Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers and Senior Volunteer.

Three Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers and one senior volunteer returned from four countries, the Republic of Senegal, the Kingdom of Cambodia, the Republic of Maldives and the Republic of Vanuatu, respectively. The volunteers, all from Okayama prefecture, shared their stories and valuable experiences from abroad with Vice Governor Miyachi.

Actor auditions held as PR Event for HALLEWOOD      Posted on June 1, 2017

「ハレウッド俳優オーディション」開催発表会

On June 1st, a PR event to audition actors for HALLEWOOD (A play on words referencing Okayama’s moniker as “Hare no Kuni” or “Land of Sunshine”), which will select people to appear in a PR video for Okayama Prefecture, was held at the Tottori Okayama Shimbashikan, a shop that sells local goods to the capital city area.

Governor Ibaragi and Mr. Tomoya Maeno from Kurashiki City, an actor, movie Director and Land of Sunshine Ambassador attended this event, calling on people to audition.

Former President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam Pays Courtesy Visit to Governor        Posted on May 31, 2017

ベトナム社会主義共和国前国家主席が知事を表敬訪問

On May 31st, His Excellency Mr. Truong Tan Sang, the former president of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, paid a visit to Governor Ibaragi.

H.E. Mr. Truong Tan Sang stated that he would like to continue to promote the exchange of friendly relations between Okayama and Vietnam. The Governor replied, “I am looking forward to the exchange between Okayama and Vietnam becoming more prosperous as 21 Okayama based businesses have advanced into Vietnam’s market.

Member of STU48 Pay Courtesy Visit to the Governor      Posted on May 25, 2017

STU48メンバーが知事を表敬訪問1        STU48メンバーが知事を表敬訪問2 

On May 25th, Ms. Orie Cho and Ms. Azusa Fujiwara from Okayama Prefecture, selected members of STU48, and paid a courtesy visit to Governor Ibaragi. STU48 is the sister group of AKB48 and whose activities are based in the Setouchi region.

They intently stated, “We would like to build up the Setouchi region and promote its beauty and Okayama’s advantages” and then presented a souvenir to Governor.

Governor encouraged them by saying “I am supporting you along with all of the prefectural citizens. Good luck.” and then presented a gift to them.

The STU48 members will have their first live performance at AEON MALL in Okayama on June 3rd.

First Day of Screening “The Peach and the Pheasant”       Posted on April 8, 2017

映画「桃とキジ」初日舞台挨拶

April 8 marked the release of the film “The Peach and the Pheasant”. Governor Ibaragi greeted the audience on stage during the first day of screening with Director Kita, lead actress Aya Sakurai and cast member Mihiro.

Governor Ibaragi addressed the audience saying, “It is my hope for many people to watch this film filled with charms of Okayama.” Director Kita expressed his enthusiasm for this film stating, “I hope that this film will become a hit in Okayama, at this advanced screening and continue on out nationwide.”

Film“The Peach and the Pheasant” Completed         Posted on April 7, 2017

映画「桃とキジ」が完成

On April 7, Director Kita, lead actress Aya Sakurai, cast member Mihiro and Executive Director Michiyoshi Narihiro from the film “The Peach and the Pheasant”, paid a courtesy visit to Governor Ibaragi. This film is a story that takes place in Okayama Prefecture with parts shot on various locations around last August.

The Governor said, “Thank you for making a wonderful film that includes scenes of Okayama.”  Director Kita replied, “I included all the sights that I feel represent Okayama into this film.”

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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