Hiroshima City: Mayor Kazumi Matsui

On August 6, 1945, the first atomic bomb ever used in human history claimed many irreplaceable lives and devastated Hiroshima City. However, thereafter, the city was completely rebuilt and has grown to become a city that plays a central role in the Chugoku and Shikoku regions.

While we are living in the present, we must appreciate our ancestors' efforts to rebuild the city to what it is today, a beautiful city, as well as pass down the great natural environment and comfortable city life to future generations. Furthermore, it is critical to achieve a city where every international visitor can appreciate the comfortable living environment and the preciousness of peace, namely, to achieve our vision of “Hiroshima: A world-class city.”

Hiroshima City will continue to make improvements to achieve such goals. At the same time, through the use of our international name recognition, with the help of ICLEI and other organizations, we will collaborate with other cities around the world to solve various global-scale environmental issues, such as global warming, that the Earth is facing today. 

Overview of Hiroshima City

Population: 1,199,251 (as of May 1, 2019)
Area: 906.68km²

Hiroshima City is located in western Hiroshima Prefecture, having the Chugoku Mountains in the background, surrounded by mountains and hills covered in lush green foliage, and facing the scenic beauty of Seto Inland Sea to the south. Hiroshima, also called the “City of Water,” has six rivers flowing from the Ota River into the heart of the city and benefits from the unique landscape rich in nature as well as the warm climate.

Hiroshima City has the largest population in the Chugoku and Shikoku regions, and there are many national agencies and branch offices of companies. The city, the center of politics, industry, and economics in these regions, is leading their development.

Environmental initiatives

In order to achieve "Zero-emission City Hiroshima," its goal of reducing both garbage and environmental impact as close to zero as possible, the city has been engaged in reduction and recycling activities. As a result, the city generates the least amount of garbage per person a day among the ordinance-designated cities, representing considerable achievements in waste reduction and recycling.

Additionally, Hiroshima City has joined the Compact of Mayors, co-established by ICLEI and other organizations, to report on its activities in the field of global warming and to contribute to the preservation of the global environment in alliance with other cities in the world.

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