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Becoming an International City of Arts and Culture: “Three-Arrow” Platform of the Private Sector and City Residents

Since 2014, Toshima City has worked closely with top cultural and artistic leaders, as well as representatives of the general community, to realize the stated concept of a “theater city where the community is one big stage and everyone’s a star.” In this section, aligned with the metaphor of “three arrows,” we profile initiatives developed to promote the International City of Arts and Culture Toshima platform.

Arrow 1: International City of Arts and Culture Producers

国際アート・カルチャー都市プロデューサーIn October 2014, the following eleven individuals were appointed to serve as international city of arts and culture producers:

  • Saburo Maeda (president, Kyodo Factory Inc.)
  • Takahiro Aizawa (vice president and director , Bellrock Media Japan, Inc.)
  • Toshiyuki Inoko (president and CEO , teamLab Inc.)
  • Mishio Suzuki (expert committee member of the secretariat of the Yomiuri Kyoiku [Education] Network )
  • Yoshikazu Takai (president and CEO , Kyoda Creation Co., Ltd.)
  • Yutaka Takahashi (chairman and director, Animate Holdings Co., Ltd. )
  • Sono Nakamura (representative director , Arregro Co., Ltd.)
  • Hitoshi Hagihara (president & CEO , Namco Limited))
  • Keiko Miyata (artistic director [plays], New National Theatre, Tokyo)
  • Reiko Yukawa (representative , Office Rainbow)
  • Daisuke Yokosawa (director and CCO, Dwango Co., Ltd.)

In March 2015—closely reflecting proposals from these international city of arts and culture producers—we drafted the International City of Arts and Culture vision.

Arrow 2: International City of Arts and Culture Discussion Group

The International City of Arts and Culture discussion group, a unit chaired by Seiichi Kondo (former commissioner of the Japanese government’s Agency for Cultural Affairs), was formed in November 2015. The group has thirty-one members, including top cultural and artistic leaders, who have extensively discussed and deliberated on the tactics needed to attain the city’s vision.

In May 2016, taking into consideration recommendations from the International City of Arts and Culture discussion group, the tactics for creating International City of Arts and Culture Toshima were formulated.

Arrow 3: International Arts and Culture Special Ambassadors

International City of Arts and Culture special ambassadors are local representatives entrusted with the work of advancing the vision of International City of Arts and Culture Toshima. These ambassadors commenced their duties in January 2016 following an official installation ceremony.

As of December 1, 2016, a total of 1,155 special ambassadors were active, forming a pivotal support group for advancing the city’s vision.

Attainment Roadmap

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