Message from the Chairman



2022 New Year's Greeting


Happy New Year to you all. I am Someya of the Katsushika City Federation of Shopping Streets.


I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year for 2022.


I would like to express my heartfelt sympathy to all the merchants who were forced to refrain from business due to the explosive spread of the new coronavirus infection over the last two years.


The spread of the new coronavirus still poses a major threat to the world and continues to inflict a major blow on the global economy.


 
 

Under these circumstances, the first thing I would like to say to you is that last year marked the seventh year of the "Katsushika Premium Gift Certificate" issuance project.


For the past two years, as an emergency corona measure, we have been issuing 12,000 gift certificates with a 20% premium of 10,000 yen per set in order to revitalize the economy of the ward and to support people living in the ward, with the strong support of Katsushika Ward.


We issued 120,000 sets of 12,000 yen coins with a 20% premium on the face value of 10,000 yen per set, amounting to 1.44 billion yen.


This is one of the best in the city.


We have received many comments from consumers who have used our products, saying, "We hope you will continue to do so in the future. We will definitely continue this project.


We would like to continue this project in the future.


Of course, we will also challenge the digital "Katsushika Pay".


 
 

In addition, last year, we took on the challenge of three events to revitalize the local area by utilizing the "Shopping Street Challenge Strategy Support Project".


The first was the third annual "Katsushika Gourmet Championship: Japan Cup 2021" held in February last year.


Fortunately, the event was held before the spread of corona infection, and as a result of our thorough measures against corona infection, more than 20,000 people chose our nut and dried fruit bread as the number one product in Katsushika.


 
 

The second event was the "Katsushika Machinaka Marugoto Gourmet 2021" held in September last year.


The event was held for 10 days, and only registered stores that had obtained a sticker declaring their thoroughness in preventing corona infection were allowed to participate.


The spirit of the store owners who offered drastic discounts was very well received by the customers, and 98% of the participants said they would like to participate in the next event.


 
 

Furthermore, in December, the third time, when Corona had settled down, we held the second "Meat Festa," in which butchers from the shopping arcade appeared and competed with each other to show their skills.


Many people were able to enjoy how delicious the butchers in the shopping arcade were.


 
 

We will continue to work together with Katsushika Ward's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in order to meet everyone's expectations by looking at what we can do for the shopping district from a frontline perspective, aiming to become a "shopping district that supports the lives of our customers" and looking ahead to the With Corona and After Corona era.


We will do our utmost to further develop the city of Katsushika in cooperation with the SDGs.


In conclusion, I would like to offer my best wishes for your health and prosperity in the New Year.







Mitsuo Someya


Chairman, Katsushika-ku Shopping Street Federation
President, Federation of Katsushika Ward Shopping Street Promotion Associations