In August this year , the cumulative number of Japan Intercultural Academy of Municipalities (JIAM) graduates since April 1993 exceeded 100,000. It pleases me greatly to think that more than 100,000 JIAM graduates are contributing to local development throughout the country. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to municipalities throughout the country as well as the many persons concerned, who have offered JIAM their support and cooperation to date.
In consideration of the great importance which municipal administration plays today and on into the future in furthering Japan's globalization, JIAM plans and implements training on a wide range of subjects to foster personnel with high level planning and problem-solving skills.
JIAM's fiscal 2019 curriculum emphasizes: 1) flexible, open-minded approaches to solving various issues key to localities' future development; 2) strengthened risk management skills for local disasters; and 3) enhanced overseas training to develop global understanding and perspective. New training topics, based on the actual needs of the municipalities are introduced regularly, in a flexible response to changes in policy and/or social conditions.
Furthermore, taking advantage of the residential nature of JIAM's training system, we strive to assist participants gathering from across the country to develop a nationwide network that expands their awareness of common problems and facilities learning from one another.
As a nationwide training organization for all municipalities JIAM will continue to plan and implement various training programs that address the challenges facing municipalities and contribute to human resource development in local governments throughout the country.
I sincerely hope that all municipalities will actively patronize our training facility. Please feel welcome to pass through JIAM main gate. We look forward to seeing you soon.
Japan Intercultural Academy of Municipalities