Aichi Prefecture: Governor Hideaki Omura

Aichi Prefecture hosted the 2005 World Exposition, Aichi, Japan, the world’s first international exposition that took the environment as its main theme, the 10th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP10), which adopted the Aichi Target, a new global target to conserve biological diversity, and World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development, where Aichi-Nagoya Declaration on Education for Sustainable Development was adopted. This accumulation of experience, which has no parallel in the world, has helped raise the awareness of prefectural residents about a sustainable society and rouse interest in participation in environmental initiatives among them. As the largest center of manufacturing in Japan, on the other hand, Aichi has an accumulation of industrial capabilities that it boasts to the rest of the world.

As a top runner in environmental policy and as a prefecture called the “Environmental Capital Aichi,” we consider it our responsibility to aim at contributing greatly to the creation of a sustainable society making the most of the keen environmental awareness of local residents as well as our industrial and technological capabilities.We are striving to promote environmental policy in a comprehensive manner. Specifically, we are working to create communities where further harmony between the environment and economy is achieved by incorporating environmental perspectives into economic and industrial activities constantly while ensuring safety and comfort, the foundations of the lives of prefectural residents. We are also working to develop communities where all members take action to reduce environmental impacts. Through these efforts, all prefectural residents aim at building the “Environmental Capital Aichi” and handing it over to future generations. 

Overview of Aichi Prefecture

Population: Approx. 7.5 million (May 1, 2016)

Located almost in the center of Japan, Aichi Prefecture faces the Pacific Ocean on the south and has a border with Mie Prefecture on the west, Gifu Prefecture on the north, Nagano Prefecture on the northeast, and Shizuoka Prefecture on the east. Stretching for approximately 106 km from east to west and for approximately 94 km from north to south, it has an area of 5,163 km2, accounting for approximately 1.4% of the country and ranking 27th among the 47 prefectures. For a prefecture with a large urban district, it has a large proportion of forests and agricultural land. Relatively covered with rich green, it boasts its comfortable land use.

Aichi Prefecture is one of the country’s leading agricultural producers and its largest industrial producer centered on automaking, leading industrial development in Japan. In 2005, it hosted the 2005 World Exposition, Aichi, Japan (Aichi Expo) and opened the Chubu Centrair International Airport. After the successful launch of these two projects, it became the venue of events such as the 10th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP10), the international art festival Aichi Triennale, the Nagoya Women’s Marathon, the world’s largest marathon for women, and World Conference on ESD. Thus the prefecture is making powerful progress toward the future. 

Environmental initiatives

In achieving the “Environmental Capital Aichi,” the prefecture is working on developing human resources who will raise the environmental awareness of all entities such as individuals and organizations and encourage them to take environmental actions such as energy and resources conservation, thereby realizing a sustainable society in the future, and promoting a wide range of initiatives so that Eco-Action, an initiative to encourage environmental efforts in daily life, will spread throughout the prefectural residents.

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