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Shizuoka Prefecture’s Regional Diplomacy Policy

The Concept and Development of Regional Diplomacy

Since the 2010 fiscal year (April 2010 to March 2011), Shizuoka Prefecture has harnessed the power of its industry, culture, and nature to take the previously perfunctory field of international exchange a step further. In accordance with the fundamental principles outlined below, Shizuoka’s regional diplomacy applies the prefecture’s unique assets in a mutually advantageous manner across a wide range of fields, including industry, education, culture, tourism, and emergency preparedness. By promoting exchange through this policy of shared advantage, Shizuoka Prefecture is aiming to become an important region in the global arena.

Fundamental Principles of Regional Diplomacy

  • 1. Good-neighbor diplomacy based on mutual benefit and assistance
  • 2. Cross-cultural interaction and enhanced mutual wealth
  • 3. Coordinated implementation of internal policy (multiculturalism) and external policy (regional diplomacy)

Outline of Regional Diplomacy Policy

By promoting Mount Fuji Shizuoka Airport and strengthening relations with friendship areas, Shizuoka Prefecture works to advance tourism, economic, educational, cultural, and other types of exchange.

 

Countries and Regions of Focus

China, South Korea, Mongolia, Taiwan, Southeast Asia, United States of America

 

Areas with Friendship Agreements

Zhejiang Province (China), South Chungcheong Province (South Korea), Dornogovi Province (Mongolia)

 

Outline of Multiculturalism Policy

In December 2008, Shizuoka Prefecture passed the Multiculturalism Promotion Ordinance, leading to the establishment of the Shizuoka Prefecture Multiculturalism Promotion Comprehensive Plan. This plan forms the foundation for Shizuoka’s multiculturalism policy, which aims to secure the safety and comfort of international and Japanese residents alike through mutual understanding and cooperation.

 

Essential Points of the Shizuoka Prefecture Multiculturalism Promotion Comprehensive Plan

  • 1. Mutual understanding: building a community where residents understand each other
  • 2. Comfortable living: ensuring that everyone is able to lead comfortable lives
  • 3. Safety and peace of mind: allowing all residents to live without worry
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