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06/07/2008

Konan City seeks more involvement of foreign residents

Konan City Office announced on June 5 that it will establish a committee called "Assembly for Foreign Citizens," in order to involve foreign residents in the city's policy-making processes. All the committee members will be foreign residents, and some of them will be selected through public participation. This is the first attempt ever made in Shiga.

Konan currently has 3,355 registered foreign residents (5.95% of the city's population) who are mainly from South American countries like Brazil, at the highest rate in the prefecture.

City Office has offered the newcomers orientations, aiming to let them adjust to local communities, but it hasn't work well. A city official says the committee is expected to gather information on problems and concerns foreign residents are facing, which might enhance the city's resources as well as foreign residents' networking.

(Kyoto Shimbun, June 5, 2008)

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