Opening Messages

Mayor of Oita City: Kiichiro Sato

Hello, everyone. My name is SATO Kiichiro, Mayor of Oita City.

I am pleased to greet all of you who are participating in this online version of “the 9th Summer in JAPAN 2021” from all over the country and the world.

Beginning with President Hirotsuru, I offer my sincere appreciation to all the individuals who are involved in and worked for this program. This program is extremely valuable in that it aims to foster global human resources for the future through exposure to a variety of international exchange experiences with the cooperation of international students such as Harvard University students.

Due to the spread of COVID-19, we are facing many challenges. A large number of events were forced to be canceled or held on a smaller scale. It is also leaving big impacts on many school events and the international exchanges, which takes away your opportunities to make a precious memory of school days or to study abroad for your self-improvement. Under these circumstances, to have exchange activities online like this should offer a new style of international exchanges and great opportunities.

For those who are participating in this event as students, please remember to have curiosity, develop global awareness to deepen your understanding of the world, acquire communication skills and flexible thinking through this program. I hope this will be the first step for you to become a global citizen.

And for university students who are serving as instructors, I hope that you will actively share not only your knowledge and experience, but also your global perspectives and viewpoints.

I am sorry you could not actually come to our Oita City this time, but when this COVID-19 crisis is over, please come visit Oita City, enjoy our local food, history, culture and full of nature.

Lastly, allow me to end my speech with the wishes for a successful and fruitful Summer in JAPAN 2021. Thank you.