Okayama City: Mayor Masao Omori

As municipality’s responsible for the current and future, there are many issues to be address to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, adopted by the United Nations in September 2015. I believe that it is important to incorporate the viewpoint of “sustainable development” in various measures and policies of Okayama City.

In the word "development", it has meaning of conveying while cherishing the culture that our predecessor built. It also means making the best use of characteristics and drawing out abilities while also being read as "kaihotsu" in Buddhism terminology originally.

From now on, I would like to continue to think with people throughout the entire region, what Okayama City’s unique characteristics and strengths and the way to make the best use of them, and considering that ESD is the key to achieve the SDGs, I will make efforts to promote sustainable urban development with the rest of the world.

Overview of Okayama City


Population: Approximately 719,302 (as of 2016)
Area: 789.95km²

Okayama City is located in Okayama Plain where Asahikawa and Yoshii River pool into the Seto Inland Sea. The mountain range leads to Kibi Kogen that is spreading in the north. It is blessed with a mild temperate climate peculiar to the Seto Inland Coast. The impact of the typhoon is relatively small, and there are few natural disasters such as active faults are not confirmed directly under.

Many historical and cultural heritage from the ancient Kibi era and various wildlife including freshwater fish, national natural monument, are inhabiting throughout the city area. On the other hand, as the region’s central city, high-order urban functions such as commercial business, medical, welfare, and education are accumulated. It is an attractive and “comfortable to live in” place located at the cross point of transportation in the Chugoku-Shikoku region.

Environmental initiatives

Since 2005, we are enhancing the functions of the center for environmental education and learning through the "Regional Center for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)" project. We are cooperating with diverse entities on this project, and we will promote the activities not only on the theme of environment but also global issues related to society, economy, and culture.

In addition, the city is trying to implement creating a “sustainable town harmonized with rich nature” based on our “second sustainable city Okayama municipal environmental basic plan". To achieve such a goal, we are making efforts to create environment through citizen collaboration and low carbon society by wise choice and promotion of earth friendly activities.

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