After Closing 2015 JCI World Congress Kanazawa, Japan
Takahiro "Kenneth" Kitamura
Junior Chamber International Kanazawa
I would like to extend my heartfelt appreciation to the government, sponsor companies and organizations, volunteers and citizens of Kanazawa, all those who have supported us for the realization of the JCI World Congress Kanazawa.
In Kanazawa, the first JCI World Congress was held other than in the government-designated cities in Japan. Kanazawa was very fortunate to escape the ravages of war from the Edo period and it was able to create the Japaneseness that we have inherited from the distant past, and the greatness of our culture, which has changed and adapted with the passage of time. I believe that delegates from home and abroad were sure to feel and sense those in their heart.
I appreciate all the assistance from JCI President Ismail Haznedar; the officers of JCI, and JCI Japan President Kosuke Shibata; the members of JCI Japan, in promoting the participation and managing the congress. I also would like to extend my appreciation to each local chapter in the Hokurikushinetsu District, who supported us as a secondary hosting organization for helping the projects and management so that people could experience the appeals of our district.
Kanazawa has developed into the "Peaceful Town of Kanazawa" by constantly reflecting on the ways that culture and civilization coexists with one another. It was the core message we wished to share with you through the congress theme, "Feel the Impact of Kanazawa." It is a great pleasure if you could feel our cordial hospitality and the virtue and aesthetics of Japanese people toward the next 100 years of Junior Chamber International.
In closing, on behalf of the hosting JCI organization, I would like to express my deep appreciation to all of those who engaged in the World Congress.
GO JAPAN, LOVE KANAZAWA!
Norihide "Bob" Suzuki
JCI World Congress Kanazawa Congress Organizing Committee
On behalf of Congress Organizing Committee, I truly appreciate that thanks to the support and cooperation from many people, we were able to close JCI World Congress Kanazawa, a six-day event where Kanazawa became the center of the world, without any big problem.
JCI World Congress Kanazawa received enormous cooperation from many of the related parties including Ishikawa Prefecture, Kanazawa City, our sponsors, citizens involved in volunteer activities and memorial events and JCI-related organizations, on the opening of JCI World Congress Kanazawa. I am also honored that we had an opportunity to hold such a memorable congress here in Kanazawa on the 100th Anniversary of the JCI Movement.
The theme of the congress this year was Feel the Impact of Kanazawa. It gives me great pleasure if you could share with the participants JCI's philosophy, or hope for world peace, in the land of Kanazawa, which has been seeking for peace while placing importance on culture and civilization. I also believe that people of Kanazawa felt the impact on the city's internationalization afterward through attending memorial events or interacting with delegates from around the world.
We have finished our assignment as Congress Organizing Committee. However, each COC member will keep working on permanent world peace as an active citizen and a leader of each community.