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"Shizuoka Jin" is a monthly English language newsletter for the community and friends of Shizuoka City, Japan.


There is plenty of information on upcoming events, as well as things that are helpful to or can affect the foreign residents of this city.

The original, free print version (based on the Shizuoka City Japanese publication, SHIZUOKA KIBUN) is available at local libraries, community centers, all city & ward offices, SAME & municipal hospitals.

It is published on the first Friday of every month.

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Shizuoka News ★ April 2018

City Budget Hits Record High
The City of Shizuoka’s general account budget for fiscal 2018 (April 2018 to March 2019) is the largest in its history. Despite the pressures on tax revenue from a diminishing population, the municipal government will fund a variety of projects to realize the goals of its “3rd General Plan,” which covers the period between 2015 and 2022. Here a few ways in which the budget bolstering can be seen in a positive light:
● Over \40 billion allotted for construction projects
● The budget is focused on the “5 Great Frameworks,” policies from the 3rd General Plan that are put forward boldly and steadily to make Shizuoka a world-class city
● Efforts to maintain population vitality and boost the economies of the major cities of central Shizuoka Prefecture are reflected in the budget
● Efforts based on fundamental policies of asset management and the 3rd General Rules for Promoting Administrative and Fiscal Reform are reflected in the budget
What are the “5 Great Frameworks”?
Among the six priority projects of the 3rd General Plan, these are five frameworks that take the top priority, along with how much money will be dedicated to them and the projects that will take place in FY2018:
1. Making Shizuoka a Hub of Historical Culture (\800 million)
Starting construction on a historical cultural facility, formulating plan for replacing Shizuoka City Culture Hall with new arena/hall, opening Sumpu Castle Run and Refresh Station, utilizing the moats around Sumpu Castle Park through Aoi Boats, etc.
2. Making Shizuoka a Hub of Maritime Culture (\310 million)
Starting land acquisition survey for maritime culture facility, formulating basic plan on building new Shimizu Offices of City Hall, formulating grand design for Shimizu’s coastal area, strengthening inbound efforts for cruise ships, etc.
3. Making Shizuoka a Hub of Educational Culture (\440 million)
Finishing plazas outside north/south exits of JR Kusanagi Sta., starting review into facility for crossing Route 1 from north exit of JR Kusanagi Sta., holding joint culture and sports events between Univ. of Shizuoka and Tokoha Univ., having outside experts survey high school education in city, expanding Shizuoka Citizen College
4. Promoting a City of Healthy Longevity (\1.16 billion)
Mobilizing a continuing care retirement community (CCRC), promoting comprehensive bicycle safety education, joining the 13th all-Japan school lunch championship, expanding services for the “Genki Iki-Iki! Senior Support Project,” strengthening community support through the expansion of the Integrated Community Care Center
5. Promoting “Streets are a Theater” (\570 million)
Supporting cultural and creative efforts such as street corner concerts, creating lively events such as Shizuoka Cannes Week and Daidogei World Cup, supporting the Shimizu S-Pulse through public viewings, building and operating performance spots for outdoor performances, making the area outside Parco a pedestrian-only mall
Inquiries: Financial Policy Division, 054-221-1026
Field Survey of Senior Citizens in Shizuoka
From April through June, social workers will carry out a field survey of senior citizens in Shizuoka City, visiting the homes of those 65 and older living alone or with other senior(s).
Who is surveyed: Persons 65+ as of April 1, 2018, who live:
a) alone
b) in a senior-only household
c)    in a shared household including seniors, and require support
When is the survey done: Approx. April through June, 2018
How is the survey done: A social worker will visit your home and ask about your physical state, emergency contact info, etc. using the city government’s status survey form. Social workers will carry their (children’s) social worker certification (minsei-iin/jidō-iinshō).
The survey results will be used to provide information as necessary on health and welfare services, such as nursing care insurance, so that all seniors can continue living happily in the community they know, as well as for fire prevention guidance and to provide prompt assistance in the event of a natural disaster.
Results will be shared by the city government and social workers, and will not be used for any other purposes besides those listed above. When the social worker visits your home, please cooperate once you have understood the survey’s purpose.
Inquiries: For details about survey content, call the Senior Citizen Nursing Care Division in Shimizu Ward Office at 054-354-2162.
For general information about the survey, call the Senior Citizen Welfare Division in Shizuoka City Hall at 054-221-1086.
City Budget: How Much is Spent on Me?
Under the general account budget for fiscal 2018, the City of Shizuoka will spend an average of \442,332 on every citizen over the one-year period. Here is a breakdown of how that money is spent:
Welfare: \145,076
Education: \69,020
Civil Engineering: \63,492
Debt Expenditure: \53,675
Sanitation: \39,223
Administration: \39,146
Fire Services: \15,197
Others: \17,503
Inquiries: Financial Policy Division, 054-221-1026
City Administration Changes
To strengthen city administration for advancing the 3rd General Plan and General Strategy, and thus realize the 5 Great Frameworks, city government will be reorganized from April. Here are highlights:
● A “City of Maritime Culture” Promotion Team will be set up in the Economic Affairs Bureau
● A “Cultural Facility Construction Office” will be set up in the History & Cultural Affairs Division
● A “Streets Are a Theater” Promotion Division will be set up in the Tourism, Exchange & Cultural Affairs Bureau
● A Welfare Debt Collection Division will be set up in the Health, Welfare & Longevity Bureau to improve collection of National Health Insurance fees
● Part of the School Education Division will merge with the School Affairs Division to form the Student Support Division
● The MICE & International Affairs Division and Tourism & Exchange Division will merge to form the Tourism & International Exchange Division
Inquiries: General Affairs Div., 054-221-1001
Run and Refresh Station Opens
On Tues. May 1, a new facility will open at the southwest corner of the Chuo Gymnasium, right outside the entrance to Sumpu Castle Park.
Called the “Sumpu Castle Run and Refresh Station,” it primarily serves those who run and jog in and around Sumpu Castle Park. As such, it features 8 shower rooms (four each for men/women), 64 lockers (32 each), as well as powder rooms and restrooms.
There is also indoor space with tables and chairs, as well as an outdoor café area. Various events will be held as well, such as sports classes. Take advantage of this new facility!
Where: 2-80 Sumpu-cho, Aoi-ku
Hours: 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. daily (closed Dec. 29 to Jan. 3)
How much: \300 per use of changing rooms (shower, locker, etc.). There are also ticket books available (11 uses for \3,000)
Inquiries: Sports Promotion Division, 054-221-1283

Shizuoka Events: April 2018

Cat Art Exhibition
The Shizuoka City Museum will feature an exhibition of primarily ukiyoe art focused on cats.
“Yes, We Love Cats Any Time!” Exhibition
Cats have always been popular, no matter the historical era. The Japanese have long been particularly fond of felines, with cats appearing in stories and works of art since ancient times. With a “cat boom” in the late Edo period (1603-1868), they became a common subject for ukiyoe prints, kabuki plays, and printed books. It was not only because they are cute; there were cats reliable for exterminating mice, cats who transformed and threatened humans, cats which brought good fortune, and many more. This exhibition features primarily ukiyoe prints centered on cats, introducing the “cat boom” that hit Japan from the late Edo period through the Meiji period.
When: Sat. April 7 through Sun. May 20, daily 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (last entrance at 6:30 p.m., closed Mondays except for April 30)
Where: Shizuoka City Museum of Art (Koya-machi 17-1, Aoi ward)
How much: \1,200 general admission, \800 for high school/university students/seniors over 70, free for junior high school students and younger, as well as persons with a disability handbook plus one caretaker
Inquiries: SCMA, 054-273-1515
Spring Skiing in Ikawa
Skiing in springtime? It really is possible, when a giant snow mat is laid out on the ski slope at Riverwell Ikawa Ski Area. Enjoy this unique opportunity in the northernmost part of Shizuoka City. Special gifts will be given out on opening day!
When: Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays between Sat. April 28 through Sun. May 27
Lifts open: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Parking lot: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Inquiries: Riverwell Ikawa Ski Resort, 054-260-2316
Shizuoka Matsuri 
The 62nd Shizuoka Matsuri, the city’s annual spring festival, will be held this month.
When: Fri. March 30 through Sun. April 1
Where: Various areas of downtown Shizuoka
What: There will be food stalls set up in Sumpu Castle Park, an evening dance procession between Shizuoka Sta. and Egawa-cho intersection, a Shizuoka-Spain event on Aoba Symbol Road, and more.
Every year the Shizuoka Matsuri features a reenactment of a hanami procession from the early 17th century, when Tokugawa Ieyasu retired as shogun and moved to Shizuoka. The procession features hundreds of people walking through the streets dressed as Ieyasu’s retainers in that era. This year’s special guest “retired shoguns” will be actor Susumu Terajima on Sat.  March 31 and multi-hyphenate Shigeru Izumiya on Sun. April 1.
The procession will start outside the Higashi Gomon of Sumpu Castle Park at 2:30 p.m. on Sat. and 2:15 p.m. on Sun.
Who: Anyone
How much: Free
Inquiries: Executive Committee, 054-221-0182
Seafood Festivals
Come and sample two of Shizuoka City’s most famous delicacies during Golden Week!
Mochimune Fishing Port in Suruga Ward will host a festival celebrating its most famous haul: shirasu (baby sardines). Visitors can buy raw shirasu, sample boiled shirasu, join a mock auction, and go out on a trawler (fee applies; limited number of people; cancelled in event of rain).
What: Mochimune Gyokō Matsuri
When: Sun. Apr. 29, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
(In case of rain, delayed to Apr. 30)
More Info: Festival Executive Committee, 054-259-2111
There will also be a “pre-party” on Sat. April 28 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. During this time, booths will be open hawking food and marine produce.
One week later, Yui in Shimizu Ward will host a festival celebrating its own famous haul: sakura-ebi (cherry shrimp). Visitors can go out on a trawler (8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.; fee applies, cancelled in case of rain), buy raw sakura-ebi, and sample cuisine such as a fried sakura-ebi cake over soba.
What: Yui Sakura-ebi Matsuri
When: Thur. May 3, 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
(Cancelled in event of rain)
More Info: Festival Executive Committee, 054-376-0001





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