Toyama City: Mayor Masashi Mori

In order to develop a sustainable city that meets the future challenges of the environment and a super aging society, the City of Toyama has been taking various measures including the development of a compact city based on public transportation. Through these initiatives, we have received both domestic and international recognition: we have been selected as an “Environmental Model City” and “FutureCity” by the Japanese government and as an “Energy Efficiency Improvement City” by the United Nations Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) program.

For Toyama to grow further and for our citizens to be able to live safely and comfortably, it is crucial that we increase the city’s comprehensive strength, by continuing to cultivate industries and stabilize employment, while promoting various social, environmental, educational, and cultural initiatives that responds to the needs of local characteristics in a balanced manner. Through exchange and collaboration with ICLEI Member cities, we hope to pave the way for developing a sustainable city.

Overview of Toyama City

Population: Approximately 4.19 million (as of 2015)
Area: 1, 241.77km²

Located roughly in the center of the Japan Sea side of the Japanese archipelago, Toyama City has dynamic geological features and magnificent natural beauty. From the 1,000-meter-deep Toyama Bay, known as a treasure trove of seafood, to the 3,000-meter-high Tateyama Mountain Range of the Northern Alps, it has a difference in elevation of some 4,000 meters.

Traditionally known across Japan for medicine, Toyama continues to evolve as a key regional hub along the Sea of Japan, boasting various industries including pharmaceuticals, sophisticated urban functions, and cultural and historical diversities.

Environmental initiatives

Toyama has been working on improving the energy efficiency of various urban activities, for example, through promoting a shift from automobiles to public transport, under the strategy of developing a compact city along the public transportation routes. Toyama extended its tram system in 2009, to form a loop to encourage the use of public transportation, and in 2010, introduced a bicycle sharing system for residents. These are part of Toyama's efforts to cut down CO2 emissions.

Toyama City believes that it is of utmost importance that citizens, organizations, businesses and the government work together closely, with each playing its part. Based on this concept, Toyama City has initiated the Team Toyama City Promotion Project, a project aimed at encouraging the participation of all citizens in energy conservation activities. Toyama City will continue to implement such environmental initiatives to realize a low-carbon society.