The chair of the conference(Mayor of Atsugi city)
It was decided that the 9th Asian Regional Conference on Safe Community in Atsugi would be held in November of 2018. I would extend my warmest welcome to all of you in participating in this conference which offers an opportunity for parties concerned about safe community in Asia to assemble in one place.
Safe and secure community development is the most important policy of municipal operation, and is one of the eternal themes for a person like me who administer the affairs of a city. The first encounter with Safe Community was in 2008, around that time Atsugi city was trying to find out the way of environmental clean-up of the city. Since then, Atsugi city has promoted Safe Community with civic collaboration and acquired Safe Community certification in 2010 as the 3rd in Japan. After 5 years, in 2015 Atsugi city has attained re-certification and made steady step for safe and secure community by global standard.
The year of 2018 when this Safe Community conference in Atsugi would be held is also a milestone of 10th year from introducing the implement of Safe Community. I hope that it will be a great opportunity to develop our efforts with civic cooperation still more through learning and sharing information in this conference with members from Safe Community and researchers and activist about safety and security. And I would like to dispatch information about achievements of Safe Community promoted by Atsugi city to both within and outside Japan.
We will make further efforts on planning and conducting of this Safe Community conference and unite to make it meaningful and fruitful to all participants. Please anticipate that it will be an opportunity to have time of learning and thinking from various points of view, which leads to your further execution.
Executive chair of the planning committee
I would like to express a warm welcome as the representative of citizens profoundly that Atsugi city was chosen to be host for the 9th Asian Regional Conference on Safe Community.
Today, various services are available to the public because of adoption of IT and evolution of information devices so that our daily life is getting more and more convenient by acceleration of efficiency and speed-up in any aspects of situations. On the other hand, events or happenings such as foul crimes, tragic accidents, natural disaster like torrential rains and earthquakes, terrorist acts, etc. are reported frequently by the press, and we are worried and anxious about possible problems close to us. Under these circumstances, it is required that self and mutual help of the local residents should be utilized upmost to solve problems for safe and secure community development, and speedy collaboration with the local government should be constructed if the public help is needed. I have realized that Safe Community is one of the symbolic endeavors of promotion of safe and secure community as well as what embodies the structure of self-, mutual-and public- help.
There is a phrase in Japanese “3 doors across the street and 2 doors of the both sides”, which means that good relationships and the mutual help among the neighborhood create a sense of solidarity. It is Safe Community that generates a sense of local community. In Atsugi city, based on the mind of Safe Community, we are making efforts to promote regional activities on safety and security.
I have been deeply involved with Safe Community as a citizen who has a responsibility for safe and secure community development so far. It is great pleasure that we are able to welcome you to this conference in the year which marks the 10th anniversary of Atsugi city’s introduction of Safe Community. We would like to take various measures to assist this conference to be beneficial to all participants.
Associate Professor Dr Dale Hanson
Chair, International safe Communities Certifying Centre
Every 6 seconds someone, somewhere in the world is suddenly and tragically killed due to injury. 5.8 million lives every year! We cannot, and we should not, accept this needless suffering and loss in our communities.
The good news is, there is much that can be done. Local communities can take control of their own destinies and reduce the burden caused by injury and crime, and increase their safety, wellbeing and productivity.
However, the task is not easy. Effective action requires committed community, national and international networks. Networks that identify, mobilise and coordinate resources. Networks that can blend the knowledge and expertise of researchers (experts in what to do), practitioners and administrators (experts in how to do it) and the community itself (experts in what will work for them) to run effective programs.
We have made a great start. Since our movement began in 1989 nearly 400 communities across the world, covering over 10 million people, have joined in our vision to make the world a safer place to live, work and play … one community at a time.
This conference is a wonderful opportunity to meet like-minded colleagues and friends with a shared vision to create a safer world, to encourage one another and share knowledge and expertise. I know you will leave the conference re-energised to persist in your life changing work and empowered to work more effectively.
Every life saved, every person rescued from injury or abuse, is precious… one less hole created in the lives of communities, friends and family.
Dr. Amir Azizi
Chair Asian Safe Community Network
Message from Dr. Amir Azizi
I am much delighted to congratulate the city of Atsugi, Japan for hosting this 9th Asia Safe Community Conference. This is a great opportunity for the city, its citizens and participants from all over the world.
Asia Safe Community Network serves to meet a fast-increasing demand for information about the safe community concept in Asia. In doing so we work to open doors for individuals and community concept in Asia for all and particularly welcome individuals and communities in the region to enhance their cooperation, exchange ideas, and learn valuable lessons from one another. In this effort the member communities grow closer together, united by a common desire to become safer, healthier, more harmonious and more caring places in which to live, work, study and play.
Hence the theme of this festival is to make our communities safer with three helps: self, mutual and public. I am sure the information under this theme will help us all to better understand and apply new findings in making our daily life safer.
In addition to the conference and as a cultural appendix to it I am also happy to announce the holding of The Second International Safe Community Short Film Festival and the Second International Safe Community Cartoon Festival.
I would like to invite all to actively participate in this event and make much of it, to share your experience and knowledge with others and to enjoy wonderful events.