Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka Prefecture
Insights of the Report
Situated on the western end of the Japanese archipelago in Kyushu, Kitakyushu has developed as a “gateway to Asia” as a result of its geographical proximity to the region.
Since 1901, the city has developed as a manufacturing city, which resulted in major air and water pollution around 1960s. Many stakeholders, especially citizens, worked hard to improve the situation and nowadays blue sky and ocean can be seen in Kitakyushu. These experiences enabled Kitakyushu City to develop new industries including environmental technology. It has been developing into a smart, eco-city with resource circulation and renewable energy resources.
Selected one of 29 cities in the SDGs Future City project, initiated by the Cabinet Office, Japan, this city has been leading efforts towards local sustainability. This report was produced in partnership with IGES.
The Report and more
The VLR Report is available here:
For population, population density, Area, amd revenue, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (2017) Municipalities’ Financial statement Card of Fiscal Year 2016, http://www.soumu.go.jp/iken/zaisei/card-17.html.
City’s own reporting on CO2 emission: http://www.city.kitakyushu.lg.jp/kankyou/file_0366.html.
OECD. (2011). OECD Regional Typology, Paris: OECD.
Ota, J., Hosoda, K., Hayashi, S., Fujino, J., and Kataoka, Y. (2018). Kitakyushu City the Sustainable Development Goals Report －Fostering a trusted Green Growth City with true wealth and prosperity, contributing to the world－,Hayama: IGES.