ようこそ知事室へ。徳島県知事の飯泉嘉門(いいずみかもん)です。

世界一の「鳴門の渦潮」をはじめ西日本第2の高峰「剣山」、桃源郷のような別世界と称される「祖谷」、四国三郎の異名を持つ「吉野川」、海岸線に広がる「美しい海」。まさに徳島県は、豊かな自然の宝庫です。

そして、こうした自然、お接待のおもてなしが息づく風土は、「阿波藍」や「阿波人形浄瑠璃」、「阿波おどり」、「ベートーヴェン第九」などの類い稀な伝統文化、「なると金時」、「すだち」、「阿波尾鶏」、「鳴門わかめ」の四大ブランドに代表される関西の台所を賄う安全・安心で豊富な食材を育んでいます。

中でも、「阿波藍」は、2020年「東京オリンピック・パラリンピック」のエンブレムに「ジャパンブルー藍色」が採用されるなど、今、国内外の注目度が大いに高まっています。

さて、我が国の最重要課題の一つとなっているのが、急速に進む「人口減少」の克服と過密の度を増す「東京一極集中」の是正。国の将来を危惧する多くの声のもと、国・地方を挙げた「地方創生」の取組みが本格化しています。

「知恵は地方にあり」。徳島県では、心安らぐ自然環境の中、テレワークで大都市と変わらない成果を上げる「サテライトオフィス」をはじめ全国のモデルとなる取組みを創造・発信するとともに、現場主義と県民目線に基づく課題解決の処方箋を政策提言として、国にお届けしています。

今後とも、「地方創生の旗手・徳島」として、顕在化する課題に真正面から挑戦し、「徳島創生」の加速、「一億総活躍社会」の創造、ひいては「日本創成」の実現、そして何よりも「一歩先の未来」を県民の皆さんに実感いただけるよう、全力を尽くして参りますので、ご理解とご協力をよろしくお願い申し上げます。

このホームページを通して、「徳島の旬の話題」や「徳島の目指す方向性」をしっかりと届けていきますので、大いにご活用ください。また、ご意見、ご提言などを積極的にお寄せください。お待ちしています。

 

Welcome to the Governor’s Corner. My name is Iizumi Kamon 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.