Public Relations Division
Japan has traditionally lived together with the ocean environment. Its interest in the continent grew in line with modernization.
In the 21st century, we expect various problems to emerge that cannot be solved through considerations of continental dominance. This new age will be characterized by a free exchange of information among neighboring countries based on friendly relations and increasing world demand for the know-how of the prosperous island nations of Asia. To prepare for these new demands, the Public Relations Division is conducting wide-ranging research on the cultures, economies and politics of maritime nations.
ACTIVITIES FOR FISCAL 1999-2000
To strengthen the cultural information strategy of Japan and contribute to national benefits, the Public Relations Division aims to generate and disseminate forward-looking information to achieve the following objectives:
・Establish a spirit of independence for the nation and its people and contribute to development based on mutual understanding and respect
・Develop leaders and other human resources with a new paradigm for the 21st century
・Foster forward-looking ideas
To realize these aims, we are pursuing the following four themes:
"Maritime Asia" "Creating Countries, Moving Beyond Countries,"
"World City-Tokyo" and "Culture Entertainment Industry."
Before the emergence of the nation-state, such great cities as Xi'an, Rome, Istanbul and London had a substantial impact on the development of civilization. These cities are now attracting new attention in the role of generating and disseminating information. Tokyo is not only Japan's capital city, but it also serves the planet as an information center. To determine how Tokyo can best serve Japan and the global community as a world city, we plan to hold the World City--Tokyo Forum from July 2000 to March 2001.