As exemplified by the progress of globalization in recent years and the tightening of environmental restrictions such as global warming, resources and energy, and biodiversity, the environment surrounding the municipality of Musashino City is undergoing major changes.
In order to realize a sustainable city under these circumstances, the city government is cooperating with the citizens in the city planning process to create and conserve an environment that best suits urban Musashino.
Population: 143,630（As of April 1, 2016）
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.
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 FY 1994, the city has been installing photovoltaic power generation systems at public facilities derived from the idea of using renewable energy, providing environmental education, and strengthening the functions of disaster prevention, and, by the end of FY 2015, it aims to complete these installations at all public elementary and junior high schools in the city. In addition, for when public facilities undergo extensive repair or are rebuilt, the city is developing measures to consider area-based energy circulation and the effective use of energy.