Toyama City, Toyama Prefecture
“Toyama City the Sustainable Development Goals Report －Compact City Planning based on Polycentric Transport Networks”Issued: July 2018
Insights of the Report
This report uses the UN Secretary-General Guideline for Voluntary National Reviews as its framework. The city has a framework of implementation, centred around a promotion division for the “FutureCity” project, cross-arching different divisions and cooperating with industry, government, and academia. It includes concrete cases of integration of the three dimensions through sustainable transport - LRT network, and others, as well as a case on universal health coverage through the Machinaka General Care Centre.
418,304 (Jan. 2017)
1,242 ㎢ (Jan. 2017)
337 per ㎢ (Jan. 2017)
4,263,000 t-CO2 (FY2013)
JPY 161 million /
USD 1.4 million (FS2016)
Toyama City is located in the middle of Honshu Island, surrounded by Toyama Bay and the Northern Alps Tateyama Mountain Range, an area rich in nature with abundant water and greenery. It has developed as a leading city on the coastline of the Japan Sea, with a rich culture and various industries including pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, robotics, and electronics.
Toyama City has addressed various issues such as the social divide, stagnant regional economy and climate change, with the aim of becoming a sustainable city. The city has been promoting “Compact City Planning based on Polycentric Transport Networks” since 2003.
Selected as one of the 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:
“About SDGs”: (In Japanese)
Nakano, R., Fujino, J., and Kataoka, Y. (2018). Toyama City the Sustainable Development Goals Report - Compact City Planning based on Polycentric Transport Networks -, Hayama: IGES.
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.
Toyama City (2013) The amount of GHG emission of Toyama City in Fiscal Year 2013, https://www.city.toyama.toyama.jp/data/open/cnt/3/2503/1/CO2_2013.pdf.
OECD. (2011). OECD Regional Typology, Paris: OECD.