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Masanori Tanimoto,Governor of Ishikawa Prefecture

Governor of Ishikawa Prefecture

Masanori Tanimoto

Since its foundation in 1952, Junior Chamber International Kanazawa has always engaged in such activities as answer the demands of the times and has contributed to community development for more than half a century as the vanguard of social activities undertaken by young entrepreneurs.

JCI Kanazawa has promoted their original projects related to community development and human resources development including 'KANAZAWA TORYOE,' which lets people explore enormous attractions in Kanazawa such as traditional culture, food and streetscape, and 'Kanazawa International Academy,' whose purpose is to encourage foreign students and Japanese students to understand each other by studying and experiencing the history and culture of Kanazawa. I would like to pay my deepest respect to them for their pioneering activities so far.

Now we are counting down the days to the opening of the Hokuriku Shinkansen on May 14 this year, which we residents of Ishikawa Prefecture have desired earnestly for many years. Since this could be our advantage over other regions, we need to surely seize the one chance in a million to keep our prefecture alive and busy.

Under these circumstances, the 2015 JCI World Congress Kanazawa is held in Kanazawa in November this year thanks to their dedication to attracting the congress. I have heard that about 10,000 people from all over the world will attend it and I believe that this could be a great opportunity to let people at home and abroad know how attractive our prefecture is.

I would like JCI Kanazawa to work together for the success of the congress and show the attractions of Ishikawa Prefecture and its prefectural capital Kanazawa. I hope that they will be committed to draw more fans of Ishikawa with their thoughtful hospitality.

In order to continue and develop the effects of the opening of Shinkansen in this time of recreation of local community, we need to create new value and deliver it by utilizing and cultivating the resources and properties unique to the region. It will be more and more important for them to have positive spirit of challenge with their youth and enthusiasm.

With the goal of 'realizing a bright and affluent society through young people's wisdom, courage and passion,' I really hope that the members of JCI Kanazawa will maximize their young energy and will make a big leap forward stimulated by the opening of the Hokuriku Shinkansen in Kanazawa.