Who is the CIR, and what do they do?  印刷用ページ


About the CIRs in the Multicultural Affairs Section

Name:Si Ri Gu Leng
Term of Appointment:1st April, 2018
Hometown: Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China

I first arrived in Japan as a language exchange student in October, 1999. After graduating from Shizuoka University Graduate School I worked at a private company as a translator and interpreter. Over the long number of years living in Japan, I have had the opportunity to cultivate exchanges with numerous Japanese people. Through my work at Shizuoka City Hall, I hope to do my best in the promotion of multiculturalism in the city.
Name: Venita Murofushi
Term of Appointment: 1st April 2018
Hometown: Dunedin City, New Zealand

After experiencing a year of language exchange at a private high school in Osaka from April 1994, I proceeded to study Japanese and International Politics at Otago University, graduating in 1998.  I then joined the JET Programme and returned to Japan as a CIR (Coordinator for International Relations) in 1999 and stayed on to live in Japan ever since, being involved in teaching English and translating/interpreting.  I look forward to contributing to efforts towards multicultural understanding and making life easier for foreigners living in Shizuoka City.

About the CIR in the International Affairs Section

A French CIR (Coordinator for International Relations) has also been appointed to the City of Shizuoka through the JET Programme.
Name:Faustine Baudoux
Term of appointment: Since August 6, 2018 (yearly re-appointments)
Hometown: Wattrelos, Lille Metropolis, France

After studying abroad in Kyoto for a year, I obtained a degree in Japanese Language and Culture at Lyon 3 University. I then studied Applied Languages and International Relations ESTRI School for international Careers. After graduating, I taught French in Ireland for a while before getting a position as a Shizuoka City CIR through the JET programme in 2018. 

I am able to speak 4 languages: French, English, Spanish and Japanese.

I plan on taking advantage of my previous experiences living abroad, and especially in Japan to further Shizuoka International Relations.

  • The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme, in cooperation with The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communication, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology and the Council of Local Authorities for International Relations, is a program aimed at promoting international exchange between Japan and other nations.

So what is a CIR?

CIR stands for Coordinator for International Relations, or “kokusai kouryuin” in Japanese.

The main duties of the CIRs include furthering Shizuoka’s sister city relations, promoting Shizuoka as a tourist destination and international conference site to the World; and engaging in a variety of tasks related to Shizuoka’s international relations, such as translation, interpretation, participation in international conferences, and assistance for guests from overseas. Moreover, in preparation for the 2020 Olympics, the CIRs will operate in a wide range of international events and will be participating, amongst other things, in deepening Shizuoka’s relations with Spain and Taiwan.

The CIRs also forge international exchange with residents of Shizuoka City. Every year, the CIRs make 70~80 visits to kindergartens, preschools, nursery schools and lifelong learning centres. The objective is to help foster a broad international perspective among the residents by introducing foreign cultures to them.

Shizuoka City CIRs Si Ri Gu Leng and Venita Murofushi work on the 17th floor of the Shizuoka City Hall, in the International and Multicultural Affairs Division, Multicultural Affairs section.

Similarly, Faustine Baudoux works on the 17th floor of the Shizuoka City Hall, in the International and Multicultural Affairs Division, International Affairs section.




観光交流文化局 国際交流課 多文化共生推進係