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Message from Mayor Yukio Takano to International Arts and Culture Toshima Special Ambassadors

Message from the Mayor

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I am pleased to report that Toshima City has embarked upon a new vision of community creation that we are confident is fully in step with the needs of the emerging era.

The revitalization of Ikebukuro, one of Tokyo’s subcenters, is steadily expanding, starting with the construction of our new city offices. And with the district being designated as both a special urgent urban renewal district and national strategy special zone, the community is transforming itself into an International City of Arts and Culture poised to strategically support efforts to boost Japan’s international competitiveness.

The mission statement chosen for this push is to realize a “theater city where the community is one big stage and everyone is a star.” This, briefly stated, is the scenario envisioned for Toshima City.

With that objective in mind, steady progress is well under way toward achieving the targeted status as an International City of Arts and Culture. We will be able to devise and convey an integrated vision of community creation, firmly based on the cornerstone of culture.

As one key phase of this concept, we have established “special ambassadors” as a powerful support group. This program is designed to encourage citizens to help forge a cultural city where all residents play focal roles. At this writing, we have 1,155 special ambassadors advancing those endeavors.

The inspiration underlying this initiative is to have as many as Toshima residents become International Arts and Culture special ambassadors as possible, functioning as integral components in realizing our International City of Arts and Culture Toshima vision. I look forward to your energetic and invaluable assistance as we move in that direction.

Clearly, the gateway to a progressive new era for Toshima City is steadily emerging before our eyes. I entreat everyone to join me in boldly pushing open that door, as we continue down the proper road to full-fledged status as an International City of Arts and Culture.

Yukio TakanoMayor of Toshima City