Greeting from the Mayor of Yokohama
Mayor, City of Yokohama
|I would like to express my heartfelt congratulations on the holding of this fourth annual seminar of the Port-City University League. Since the first seminar in 2006, I believe that academic exchanges among port-cities around the world have become more active than ever before.
I am very pleased to be able to hold the fourth seminar again in Yokohama in this milestone year of 2009, which marks the 150th Anniversary of its Port Opening.
Since the opening of its port in 1859, Yokohama has developed rapidly as a gateway between Japan and the world. It can be said that the metropolis of Yokohama as we know it today originated from its port. On the occasion of the 150th Anniversary of the Port Opening, we will look back on the efforts made by the citizens of Yokohama, which developed along with its port, integrate the wisdom accumulated from the past with our new perspectives, and make Yokohama an even more attractive and charming city 50 years, 100 years down the road.
As a center of trade and culture, Yokohama has sustained Japan’s economy and contributed to establishing the identity of its citizens. I believe that Yokohama can serve as a suitable venue for the themes of the Port-City University League.
Universities are a place where advanced research/education is carried out and transmitted in order to respond to and lead the changes of society. I strongly hope that, with the lead of universities, port cities around the world will form bonds and develop new movements through interactions between researchers and citizens, making each port city and university more attractive.
With the cooperation of citizens, companies, schools and organizations the City of Yokohama is holding various events around the city, including “Expo Y150”. I hope that you will have the opportunity to visit many of these commemorative venues, and enjoy the festive mood of Yokohama on this occasion.
In closing, I would like to extend my best wishes for the success of this seminar and the further development of the Port-City University League.