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Becoming an International City of Happiness Taitung County Government Signs MOU with Iga and Shima Cities of Mie Prefecture, Japan
Date: 2016-01-21    
The Taitung County Government International Development and Planning Department signed an MOU regarding cooperative exchanges with Iga and Shima Cities of Mie Prefecture, Japan on January 21 with the expectation that all parties involved will make good use of their unique characteristics as well as common ground to boost international competitiveness. They will be involved in exchanges regarding tourism, production, culture, and sports. Magistrate Justin Huang presented Governor Eikei Suzuki of Mie Prefecture and the mayors of Iga and Shima Cities with atemoyas of outstanding quality. Huang and the two mayors of Iga and Shima also presented dolls of their respective mascots as gifts to each other. Huang looks forward to this MOU allowing Taitung, Iga, and Shima to advance further toward becoming “International Cities of Happiness”.

With the help and guidance of the Taiwan-Japan Industrial Collaboration Promotion Office, the Taitung County Government began its first exchanges with Mie Prefecture in 2015, which led to the next step of the MOU. The signing was carried out at 3:30 p.m. in the Taitung County Government auditorium, and it was signed by Taitung County Government International Development and Planning Department director Yu Ming-xun, Shima City mayor Hidekazu Oguchi and Iga City mayor Okamoto Sakae. The signing was witnessed by Magistrate Huang, Director-General Wu Ming-ji of the Industrial Development Bureau of the MOEA, and Governor Eikei Suzuki of Mie Prefecture.

At the beginning of the press conference, a performance by indigenous people from the Taromak area of Taitung was arranged to welcome the visitors from Japan, including Governor Eikei Suzuki of Mie Prefecture, Shima City mayor Hidekazu Oguchi, Iga City mayor Okamoto Sakae, Professor/Vice-President Norihiro Nishimura of Mie University, and Director Fumio Yamashita of the Interchange Association (Japan), Kaohsiung Office. Also, Director-General Wu Ming-ji of the Industrial Development Bureau of the MOEA and Planning Director Weng Jian-yi of the Taiwan-Japan Industrial Collaboration Promotion Office were present. Even Taitung’s mascot, Rice Man, got to spend some time getting to know Ninja and Ocean Girl (the respective mascots of Iga and Shima)!

Magistrate Huang stated that whether you’re looking at history or geography, Taiwan and Japan share many similarities. Taitung County was recently awarded with second place as a City of Happiness, and consequently, the County Government has been striving toward internationalization and a future of exchanges with the rest of the world. Huang thanked the MOEA Industrial Development Bureau for its help in bringing Taitung and Mie Prefecture together to mutually learn and benefit from each other. Huang stated that he looks forward to this MOU creating real exchanges, especially after product sales areas are developed and established in Taitung and Mie Prefecture, which will increase global visibility for Taitung. The County Government brought 300 model hot air balloons to the conference as gifts for Mie Prefecture, each balloon having a QR code that Japanese tourists can access to learn about traveling in Taitung. The QR code takes visitors to a website which includes an introduction of Taitung, events, culture, products, food, and audio-visual entertainment. The Taiwan International Balloon Festival, Taiwan Open of Surfing, and triathlon events have been especially effective in attracting foreign tourists. Huang looks forward to even more Japanese tourists in the future.

Governor Eikei Suzuki thanked the MOEA Industrial Development Bureau for its assistance in finding Taitung County which is led by the enthusiastic, active, young Magistrate Huang. Suzuki stated that Taitung and Mie Prefecture are very similar. Iga City is known as the “Home of the Ninja”, and Shima is set to hold the G7 Summit this year. Taitung, Iga, and Shima are all places that hold immense potential for agriculture and tourism. Suzuki looks forward to the magistrate’s March visit, and he also has high hopes for establishing a long-term friendship.

Near the end of the conference, Magistrate Huang presented Governor Suzuki, Mayor Oguchi, and Mayor Sakae with large atemoyas (a variety of sugar apple) which they raised in celebration over their heads. They also exchanged dolls of their mascots (Rice Man, Nina, and Ocean Girl) before taking a group photo.

About Mie Prefecture:
Mie Prefecture is located on the Kii Peninsula of the Kanzai Region in Central Japan. The Prefectural Office is located in Tsu City. Major cities include Yokkaichi and Suzuka.
The Ise Grand Shrine in Ise City and the Suzuka Circuit in Suzuka City are major places of interest. Well-known tourist destinations include World Heritage Sites such as Kumano Kodo, Ise-Shima National Park, Iga-Ueno (the place of origin of ninjas), Mt. Gozaisho in Suzuka Quasi-National Park, and Muro-Akame-Aoyama Quasi-National Park. Mie also produces pearls, lobsters, and matsusaka beef.
The mascot of Iga City is a ninja, and the mascot of Shima is “Ocean Girl”.
Sources: Wikipedia, Mie Prefecture Government Office