Mayor Chen's visit to Hachioji City / 陳菊市長訪問八王子市
◎Text by Ya-Ting Hou ◎Photos by Siou-Ying Liou & Cing-Siang Lin
Ever since Kaohsiung City forged an alliance with Hachioji City, these two cities have successfully established a close relationship. On August 3rd, Chu Chen, Mayor of Kaohsiung City, led the delegation to visit Hachioji City in Japan, in the hope of exchanging views on Hachioji City's port development plans, its landscaping and the ecology protection measures to be taken in the future. However, to strengthen the diplomatic ties between these two cities was the main goal for this visit.
Mayor Chen and the delegation were invited by Ryuichi Kurosu, Mayor of Hachioji City, to take part in the Hachioji Festival, the most prominent festival in the city. Mayor Chen presented photos of Taiwan during the 2007 Photography Exhibition to the residents of Hachioji. She indicated that through this exhibition, the people of Hachioji City could beome acquainted with the City of Kaohsiung. Mayor Chen, extended a sincere welcome everyone to come, visit and invest in Kaohsiung.
On August 4 th, Mayor Chen and the delegation visited the Yamanishi Electronic Company and delivered a speech at the 2007 Photography Exhibition, held in Hachioji City; on the August 5th, the delegation visited the Yakuoin Temple on Takao Mountain, and participated in the Hachioji Festival; on August 7th, the delegation visited Mr. Shigefumi Matsuzawa, the Governor of Kanagawa Prefectures, and Minato Mirai 21 in Yokohama.
Mayor Chen stated that the Hachioji Festival demonstrated the participation and capabilities of the whole community, which was involved in these activities. Residents worked closely together because of the festival, which also established community awareness. Hachioji Festival set a fine example to Kaohsiung for hosting alike event, such as the Zuoying Wan Nian Festival.
Mayor Chen was impressed by how Japan has become dedicated the practices of energy saving, which beautifying its landscaping. Mayor Chen also noticed that despite the hot weather, all the government departments are able to regularize the indoor temperature at 28 degrees. Such approaches have shown their resolve to save energy on the planet. Besides, Hachioji City and devotees from the Yakuoin Temple, would donate saplings instead of money in order to help create the Ginkgo Boulevard together. Indeed, Japanese devotion to the protection of the natural environment and its resources, should be a lesson to Taiwan, where increasing mudflows in various areas are a constant problem, especially during a particularly heavy rainy period.
As for the development of Yokohama's port area, the government works with the private sectors, and together they offer overall plans and tax incentives. Such a policy could serve as an example when conducting plans for the development of the 1-22 wharves in Kaohsiung.