Globalization Policy of the City of Hikone`
¡Current Situation and Future Plans
sister city relations with Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA in 1969 and with
Xiangtan, Hunan,China in 1991.Since establishing these agreements, we
have been strengthening these relationships through goodwill missions
and exchange programs for junior high school students.
is home to over 2,000 international residents. Hikonefs two universities,
Shiga University and University of Shiga Prefecture, accept a large
number of international students from Asia and the Japan Center for
Michigan Universities, founded in 1989, has allowed students from all
over the United States to study Japanese language and culture in Hikone.
In addition, there are many working residents from South American countries.
The City of Hikone
has taken numerous steps to foster cooperation and aid international
residents. The International Exchange Lounge offers books and newspapers
in a number of languages and provides a meeting place for Japanese and
foreign residents. The city publishes a community newsletter called
gKoho HIKONEh in English, Portuguese, and Chinese with the cooperation
of citizen groups to provide foreign residents with up-to-date local
information. Because many foreign residents often have issues with housing,
education, and medical services in Japan, the City of Hikone provides
specialized aid services to Portuguese speaking residents and maintains
city web pages in English and Portuguese. In order to promote multiculturalism
in Hikone gThe Council for Hikone Foreign Residentsh is held to address
the concerns of foreign residents. Additionally, citizensf groups in
Hikone hold various projects, such as Japanese language lessons, to
foster international cooperation.
With the continued
globalization of society, the citizens of Hikone have developed a keen
international awareness and it is necessary to promote international
relations projects to fully address our citizenfs needs. Besides strengthening
our sister city relations, we should make Hikone more comfortable for
foreign residents. We will make a city where everyone can live peacefully
with respect for each otherfs culture.
¡Major International Relations Projects
- Goodwill missions
from Hikone visit Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA and Xiangtan, Hunan, China.
Hikone City welcomes goodwill missions from these cities as well.
- Hikone City operates
the International Exchange Lounge, which is on the first floor of
the Civic Hall (1-38 Osue-chou). This lounge is open to the public
and offers space for conversation and provides books and newspapers
in a number of languages. The lounge is open every day except Sundays,
Mondays, and national holidays.
- The Coordinator
for International Relations (CIR) provides services for Portuguese
speaking residents. The CIR gives consultations, assists in the civic
registration process, and holds events to promote international relations.
- Hikone City actively
cooperates and collaborates with citizensf groups on a variety of
- The guidebook
for living in Hikone called gLiving in Hikoneh is published in English,
Portuguese, and Chinese. This guidebook is composed of three parts:
gDaily Lifeh, gThe Administrative Systems and the Proceduresh,
and gMedical Services.h
- The City of Hikone has a Portuguese interpreter on Mondays,Tuesdays,Wednesdays,
Fridays(9:00~17:15) and Thursdays(10:30~19:00).
- A community newsletter
called gKoho HIKONEh is published in English, Portuguese, and Chinese
- gThe Council
for Hikone Foreign Residentsh - The first council submitted gProposals
for Promoting a Multicultural Societyh to the Mayor on July 1, 2005.
Following the guidelines set forth in the proposal, Hikone City drew
up the gPlan for the Promotion of a Multicultural Societyh in September
2005. The second council, commissioned on September 3, 2005, has met
eight times and presented additional proposals to the Mayor in August
- gThe Meeting
for Hikone Foreign Residentsh - This group consists of 17 Hikone
City officials whose purpose is to improve public services for foreign
¡Hikone International Friendship
Office: 1-38 Osue-cho (at the International Exchange
Phone: 0749-22-1411 (ext.590)
Hikone junior high school students visit Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
and Xiangtan, Hunan, China.
|| HIFA and Hikone
City welcomes junior high school students from Ann Arbor and Xiangtan.
intern students from Calvin College, Michigan, USA.
||In order to
expand international friendship, HIFA established relations with
the Hyderabad International Friendship Association in India as well
as the People to People International Chunchon in Korea.
||HIFA holds the
following classes and lectures:
language classes for foreign residents
in English and Japanese translation
for teaching Japanese
for international communication
¡Japan-China Friendship Association
This association mainly holds a Chinese New Yearfs Day celebration and
operates a free meeting place in order to deepen the understanding of
This group translates and edits the community newsletter gKoho HIKONEh
into English and Portuguese. They also offer Japanese language classes
for foreign residents and organize international exchange events to support
people from overseas.
This group helps Brazilian residents adjust to life in this area. They
also provide information in Portuguese by gTem de tudo.h