Musashino City: Mayor Reiko Matsushita

Global trends in the environmental field are accelerating day by day. Recent initiatives include climate change measures based on the Paris Agreement in 2015 and the revitalization of efforts towards SDGs.

Efforts in climate actions are being pursued more intensively in Japan as the national government has formulated an adaptation plan and a global warming countermeasure plan. Now local governments are recommended to implement regional measures to combat global warming, and the role played by municipalities like our city is increasingly important.

Under these circumstances, we promote an urban planning unique to Musashino City through collaboration with individual citizens, citizens groups, private companies, and academic institutions such as universities. Through these partnerships, we will move towards the creation of a sustainable and low-carbon city, "Smart City Musashino".

Overview of Musashino City

Population: 146,645(As of April 1, 2019)

Situated almost in the center of Tokyo Metropolis, Musashino City is on a generally flat terrain. The city enjoys a well-developed public transportation system, and citizens may utilize buses or the three train stations (Kichijoji, Mitaka, and Musashisakai) on the JR Chuo Line.

The city has been in the vanguard of participation by citizens in various planning and policy-making processes, including long-term planning. It aims to become a sustainable city that is well balanced in all fields, namely social welfare, education, child-rearing support, culture, disaster prevention, environmental stewardship and urban infrastructure development while sharing its guiding principles for city planning with the citizenry. Musashino is highly rated as one of the “Cities where People want to Live” because, along with being one of Tokyo’s celebrated commercial districts, it has an expanse of residential areas covered with rich greenery.

Environmental Initiatives

In order to create a community that coexists with the environment, Musashino is working to promote resource and energy conservation, and the effective use of renewable energy. At the same time, it is actively proceeding with city planning that takes nature and the global environment into account, and is working towards further greening the characteristically green city, water recycling, and garbage reduction, in an effort to develop systems for a recycling-oriented society.

In addition, since FY1994, the city has been installing photovoltaic power generation systems at public facilities to promote renewable energy usage, environmental education, and strengthening of disaster prevention, and in FY2015, the city completed these installations at all public elementary and junior high schools in the city. For when public facilities undergo extensive repair or are rebuilt, the city continues to consider area-based energy circulation and the effective use of energy.

In FY2017, the new Clean Center began operations. Electricity will be generated through the waste incineration process and will be used at the Clean Center as well as other public facilities nearby, including the city hall and gymnasiums. The Clean Center will also include a gas cogeneration facility, which will have the capacity to supply energy during disasters.

Musashino City aims to become a low-carbon, disaster-resilient city.  

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