Kaohsiung Stengthens Ties with Hachioji City / 高雄市與八王子市簽署友好交流協議書
Chu Chen- the first elected female mayor for the special municipalities
The 4th Mayor of Kaohsiung, Chu Chen, was inaugurated on December 25th, making her the first elected female mayor for the special municipalities. Mayor Chen pledged to be above corruption while aiming to develop economy during her four-year term.
◎By Yu-Fong Wang
Kaohsiung's "Reach Out" program reports another success - On November 1st, Acting Mayor Chu-Lan Yeh and Hachioji City Mayor Ryuichi Kurosu, signed an agreement to enhance bonds between the two cities and made Hachioji the 23rd city to be allied with Kaohsiung. This tie will elevate Kaohsiung's visibility in the international community.
Southwest of Tokyo, Hachioji City has a population of 560 thousand people, 23 universities, and approximately 110 thousand students. It features a strongly scholastic atmosphere. Mt. Takao stands erect in the city, along with stunning natural landscape, attracting 2.5 visitors to visit each year.
The two Chinese characters "Kao-Hsiung" are pronounced as "Takao" in Japanese, similar to the name of Mt. "Takao" in Hachioji City. Such a coincidence brings forth the opportunity for Kaohsiung and Hachioji to join together. When Mayor Kurosu and the representative of the House, Hagiuda Ichiro, led a delegation to visit Kaohsiung last November, the idea of bonding these two cities was mentioned. In February this year, Deputy Mayor Yoshiyuki Tanaka and government officials paid another visit to Taiwan to deliberate the possibility of such an alliance taking place. In response, Acting Mayor Yeh, along with directors of the Economic Affairs Bureau and the Information Office, visited Hachioji in the following April to demonstrate their commitment to this venture. During the trip of Fu-Feng Hong's (Director-General of the Economic Affairs Bureau) to Hachioji in September, he invited Mayor Kurosu to Kaohsiung to sign the Friendship Agreement. Mayor Kurosu kept his promise and came to Taiwan this month.
The signing ceremony took place in the city hall, attended by about a hundred people: Acting Mayor Yeh, high officials of the Kaohsiung city government, Mayor Kurosu, eight members of the Hachioji City Council, including deputy speaker Susumu Akiyama, and sixteen representatives from the government, the representative of the House, Hagiuda Ichiro and his wife, and delegates from the Interchange Association, Japan. To start, students from Chung Cheng Elementary School performed an aboriginal dance from the Amei tribe, followed by a film featuring the exchanges between the two cities.
Enhance bonds between these two cities
On behalf of the people in Kaohsiung, Acting Mayor Yeh extended her welcome towards Hachioji, the 23rd city to forge an alliance with this city since 1962.
After first welcoming the gathering in Chinese, Mayor Kurosu went on to his gratification towards this tie. Mayor Kurosu indicated that he has witnessed a number of wonderful interactions between the two cities after his acquaintance with Yeh which first took place about a year ago. He praised the natural landscape and cultural characteristics that Kaohsiung features, as well as the internationally known Kaohsiung Port. He truly felt honored that Hachioji City can be allied with Kaohsiung.