On behalf of the Hakuba Village Office, I would like to wish you all a Happy New Year.
As the New Year dawns, I hope it is a year filled with hopes and the promise of a brighter tomorrow for all of you. I express my deepest gratitude to your warm support and your daily understanding of the administration management of Hakuba.
It has been over two years since the unprecedented Kamishiro earthquake disaster happened on November 22, 2014. During the recovery, Hakuba has set up a model of “community ties” in disaster prevention and reduction. Since then, many observers from all over Japan continue visiting Hakuba to see how residents survive from such damage. The public expressed their high appreciation to the team work we have shown.
Since the day the disaster happened, we have received solatium, donations and relief supplies not only from the prefecture and government, but also the individuals and organizations from all over Japan and even from overseas. Apart from that, volunteers from inside and outside Hakuba gave a big helping hand during the recovery. Once again, I would like to express my gratitude for all of your kindnesses and supports.
Overcame all the darkness and sadness, we are glad that the village-operated public housings were completed on November 25, 2016. Nothing would make us happier than seeing the victims returning to the region where they are familiar to; welcoming a warm New Year in their new home. We hope the victims can soon restore their daily lives that they had had before and can create even stronger ties between the neighbours across the community.
Last year, Hakuba Village has marked the milestones with a 60th Anniversary since the merging of Hokujo village and Kamishiro Village on September 30, 1956. Owing to the great predecessors who had established the foundation of the village, also the continued deep love and support from Hakuba fans, we were able to hold a successful Olympics as one of the competition spots and made Hakuba a world famous snow resort. We will lead Hakuba into the new generation together with our residents and all Hakuba lovers with the deepest respect to the past.
The 5th Master plan announced this fiscal year is a comprehensive plan of Hakuba Village for the coming 10 years. The principle idea of the plan is “What is the wealth of Hakuba” – a village to grow and to develop from the interaction with people from different fields.
Hakuba is a receptive village. We have the natural environment which charms people all over the world; we have diverse values, history and cultural of native village people rooted and remained in each ward. On top of that, we have Hakuba lovers including immigrants and visitors who are from various social backgrounds. Throughout the years, Hakuba has adapted to and compromised all the social impacts, differences and kept evaluating. We understand the importance of having broad-mindedness to learn from various cultures outside Hakuba and to grow along the new discovery of attractiveness of Hakuba.
In the following 10 years, we hope all of us in this village could inspire and motivate each other for a better Hakuba; joining hands to make it through the challenging society. We wish Hakuba is a place where everyone in here could find their own self-value and grow together with the village.
Regarding the economy of the village, we are glad to see our inbound tourism industry has been growing rapidly because of the efforts of the related parties. However, we still have a concern in the global economy decline in addition to the lack of snow last season. With no doubt, tourism industry is the key to the vitalization of Hakuba. With that in mind, Hakuba Tourism Corporate Management Plan was established. Based on the plan, Hakuba Village will aim to become a world-famous mountain resort destination where visitors will return time again. We will also consider a sustainable tourism development from the business view.
Last but not the least; Hakuba will be holding ski competitions of the 72nd National Winter Sports Festival from Feb 14th to Feb 17th since 30 years ago. I heartily wish the whole village to join hands together to welcome all the athletes and officers warmly, and to make the event a grand success.
Mayor’s Greeting 2017
Hakuba Village Mayor