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Welcome to the Governor’s Corner. My name is Kamon Iizumi and I am the governor of Tokushima Prefecture.

Tokushima is home to the Naruto Whirlpools, one of the world’s greatest whirlpools; Mt. Tsurugi, the second highest mountain in western Japan; the Yoshino River, also known as Shikoku Saburo; and the beautiful blue ocean that stretches along the coast. It is also where Iya is located, an area in the west of Tokushima known for its scenic, idyllic beauty – a Shangri-La – making visitors feel as if they have stepped foot into another world. With all of these spectacular natural landscapes, Tokushima truly is a treasure trove of natural beauty.

Only in such an environment can you find a rich cultural landscape coupled with an abundance of fresh local produce. Tokushima is brimming with rare cultural tradition, such as Awa indigo dye, Awa Ningyo Joruri puppet theater, Awa Odori (Awa Dance), and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. Much of the fresh and safe produce harvested locally, such as the Naruto Kintoki sweet potato, sudachi citrus, Awa Odori chicken and Naruto wakame seaweed, supply “Kansai’s kitchen.”

Furthermore, the deep blue color produced by the Awa indigo dye is widely known as Japan Blue and was chosen as the color of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games logo, garnering much attention around the world.

One of biggest problems that Japan is currently facing is rapid population decline and an ever-intensifying problem of a polarized-society, where population, politics and industry are becoming increasingly more concentrated in Tokyo. To help put the citizens worries at ease, all of the local communities and Japan as a whole are coming together to find a solution to this problem through regional revitalization.

“Wisdom lies within the local communities” – In line with this, we are working towards the creation of innovative solutions to these problems, while tackling issues from a citizen’s perspective and taking a hands-on approach. One example of our model initiatives is the creation of “Satellite Offices”, which gives individuals the chance to telework – i.e. do the same work that can be done in a big city, whilst physically being in a peaceful and natural environment.

Tokushima will continue to lead the way to be the “Standard-Bearer of Regional Revitalization” and will face these very real issues head-on. Moreover, we will not only work towards the revitalization of our local community here in Tokushima, but also towards building a society where all of the citizens are engaged, thereby eventually to the revitalization of Japan. We will do everything in our power to make sure that we can achieve all of our goals and be one step ahead of the future, so we ask for your continued understanding and support.

This website is a portal for up-to-date and reliable prefecture-wide information and details of Tokushima’s prefectural aspirations. We hope you will use it not only for reference, but also as a tool to express your opinions and ideas. We look forward to hearing from you.