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October ①Hello Yokohama 2022, a community festival held here in Naka Ward! ➁Naka Ward’s fire corps, protecting those close to you!

This is an abridged version of “Koho Yokohama Naka-ku Ban,” Naka Ward Office’s public relations magazine. (Click here for the multilingual website of “Koho Yokohama City Edition”) Please note that all information is correct as of the time of publication and may be subject to change.

Last updated date:2022/10/7

① Hello Yokohama 2022, a community festival held here in Naka Ward!

[Inquiries] Office of the Hello Yokohama 2022 Executive Committee (Chiiki Shinkō-ka (Community Promotion Division), Naka Ward Office) Tel: 045-224-8132 Fax: 045-224-8215

For event details, please visit the website (Japanese).

Hello Yokohama is going ahead for the first time in four years. This event, held in conjunction with Yokohama Otomatsuri 2022, will feature a variety of stage performances by groups and clubs from the local community. In addition, there will also be a range of booths set up by shopping streets and businesses from in and outside of the ward, as well as workshops to familiarize yourself with the SDGs, and an inclusive sports experience. We look forward to seeing you there!
 Date and times: November 13 (Sun.), 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
 Place: Zou-no-Hana Park

Zone A
In conjunction with the Yokohama Otomatsuri 2022, this zone will feature a stage with music performed by groups active mainly in Naka Ward, as well as a variety of food and beverage booths, courtesy mainly of stores from Naka Ward’s shopping streets.

Zone B
In addition to workshops to familiarize visitors with the SDGs, this zone will feature a collection of booths by companies and organizations active in Naka Ward. There will also be vehicle exhibits and sports experiences by professional sports teams.

Over the past few years, many community groups in Naka Ward have had to refrain from their activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nevertheless, these groups have persisted with their endeavors and, like Naka Ward, continue to thrive. So please show your support by coming along to Hello Yokohama, the first such event in four years!
Hideo Matsuzawa, Chairman of Hello Yokohama 2022 Executive Committee

Concurrent events

Naka Ward Community Activity Center Festival 2022

– Discover SDGs and Take Action for the Future –
Place: 1st floor of Naka Ward Office Annex
Groups registered at Naka Ward Community Activity Center and community teachers have prepared a variety of fun programs, including exhibits, workshops, and a hands-on area!

Genki Festa 21

– Extend your Healthy Life Expectancy –
Place: Zone B, Zou-no-Hana Park
Come along and have fun learning about how to improve your health. In addition to experiencing a variety of health checks, you can also consult with experts about your health. We are here to help you improve your health!

➁ Naka Ward’s fire corps, protecting those close to you!

Members of the fire corps protect the community from disasters such as fires, windstorms, and floods. They have regular jobs, are college students and do housework, just like the rest of us. However, in the event of an emergency, they serve as disaster prevention leaders in their communities.
Naka Ward is a vibrant area with many businesses and commercial facilities, as well as a multicultural community with the largest population of non-Japanese residents among Yokohama’s 18 wards. Fire corps are groups of people living and working in Naka Ward who work together to protect our community and its residents. So why not join us?

About the fire corps

Q: What is the difference between firefighters and members of the fire corps?
A: Firefighters are local public servants who are engaged in disaster rescue and first-aid activities as their profession, while members of the fire corps are part-time special local public servants who respond to disasters and educate the community about disaster prevention while having a separate day job.
Q: Do I need special qualifications or experience to join the fire corps?
A: No special qualifications or experience are required. Anyone who lives, works, or attends school in the city, is 18 years of age or older, and is healthy and motivated is welcome to join.
Non-Japanese residents are also welcome (subject to certain conditions).

Activities of the fire corps

・In the event of a fire, windstorm, flood, earthquake, or other disaster, the fire corps cooperates with the fire department to carry out firefighting activities and play the role of community disaster prevention leaders!
・The fire corps also contributes to the safety and security of the local community by keeping watch at events held in the ward and conducting educational activities to promote CPR!

Comments from fire corps members

“Why not join the fire corps with us? There is surely a place where you can play an active role. You can be a hero of the community! Non-Japanese residents are more than welcome!”

Agababai Esfahani Ebrahim,
Yamate Fire Corps
Joined on May 1, 2020
Mr. Agababai, an Iranian national, has been in Japan for 30 years. In addition to running a restaurant (a popular kebab shop called SHEKAMU KEBAB), he is actively involved in fire prevention week patrols and publicity activities for the fire corps.

・Is the training tough?
 → Everyone is kind to me and I enjoy it because I learn a lot.
・Is it difficult to balance your firefighting activities with your family and work?
 → I would like to continue to do what I can, little by little, while taking care of my family and work.
・In what ways do you find it rewarding?
 → I am always helped by the people around me, so I am happy to be able to give back to everyone, even if only a little, through the activities of the fire corps.

Naka Ward’s fire corps: working to ensure community disaster prevention

Together with facilities and companies

We certify establishments that meet certain conditions as fire corps cooperating establishments.

For the safety and security of the community

In addition to training for emergencies, we value activities that lead to the safety and security of the community, such as watching over local events and running CPR awareness programs.

For inquiries and application for membership, please contact:

Shōbōdan-gakari, Sōmu/Yobō-ka (Fire Corps Section, General Affairs and Fire Prevention Division), Naka Fire Station
Tel/Fax: 045-251-0119
You can also apply for membership on the website(外部サイト) (Japanese).

Fire corps members are compensated for their activities.

 Annual remuneration: 36,500 yen/year
 7,000 yen per disaster callout
 Training, disaster prevention guidance, etc. 3,500 yen/time
 There is a compensation system in case of injury during fire corps activities.

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