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The 6th International Forum on the “FutureCity” Initiative (Day: August 30, 2016)

~Creating “FutureCities” to Invigorate Localities: Universally Appealing Communities~


The International Forum on the “FutureCity” Initiative is an international conference in which representatives of cities in Japan and other countries, along with various experts, take the stage to discuss solutions for the challenges of the environment and aging that the world has in common. The theme of the 6th Forum is ‘Creating “FutureCities” to Invigorate Localities: Universally Appealing Communities.’
The aim of the invigoration of localities is to halt the decline in the birthrate and the aging of the population, conquer the depopulation of regional areas and the shrinking of regional economies, and secure long-term growth potential into the future. As populations decline and society ages, what concrete actions should we take to build sustainable communities in which everyone can lead rich, comfortable, and healthy lives? At the Forum, we will discuss this question from a variety of perspectives, looking at the examples of overseas cities, as well as advanced case studies of Japanese cities that have been implementing the “FutureCity” Initiative.
In the hope that it will offer many useful hints for raising the effectiveness of efforts to invigorate localities, which are reaching full roll-out stage, we look forward to welcoming you to the 6th International Forum.

Outline of holding

Date and Time Tuesday August 30, 2016 9:30-17:45
PACIFICO Yokohama.
1-1-1 Minato Mirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan [map]
Organizer Cabinet Office, Government of Japan; Promotion Council for the “FutureCity” Initiative
Participants 1,000 or more
Registration fee Free

*Fujitsu Research Institute is managing this forum by the consignment of business activities from Regional Revitalization Bureau, Cabinet Secretariat, Government of Japan.

International Forum schedule

※The program might change at the speaker and the lecture time, etc. Please acknowledge if beforehand.

9:30~10:00 Opening Remarks

10:00~10:30 《Keynote Lecture》
・ Dr. Hiroto Izumi Special Advisor to the Prime Minister

10:30~12:00 《Plenary Session》
“FutureCity” Initiative and Next Stage
- Integrated Approaches and Global Partnerships by SDGs and Paris Agreement -

How do we build universally appealing communities? The Forum will feature broad-ranging discussions from international and cross-disciplinary perspectives, including the importance of problem-solving through the kinds of unified approaches that the “FutureCity” Initiative has pursued to date, and the need for global partnerships.

・ Dr. Shuzo Murakami President, Institute for Building Environment and Energy Conservation (IBEC)

・ Dr. Hiroko Akiyama Professor, Institute of Gerontology, the University of Tokyo
・ Dr. Kazuhiko Takemoto Professor, Director of the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS)
・ Dr. Bindu N.Lohani Former Vice-President of Asian Development Bank (ADB)
・ Dr. Ronald Hall Principal Adviser to the Director-General, Directorate-General for Regional Policy European Commission

12:00~13:45 ■Break
■Poster Session
【Posters tour supervision】
・ Dr. Junichi Fujino Principal Researcher, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)/Senior Researcher, National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES)

《Break-out Sessions》
In the midst of population decline and the super-aging of society, towns and cities are starting to explore new ideal shapes for their communities. Based on the discussions in the Plenary Sessions, the Break-out Sessions will further the debate in more concrete directions, featuring case studies of various cities.
13:45~15:15 《Break-out Sessions 1.》
Community Building Where Diversity Creates New Values
We will discuss community-building that will create new value through coordination and collaboration among a variety of local entities, sharing limited local resources and transcending existing frameworks.

・ Dr. Hiroko Akiyama Professor, Institute of Gerontology, the University of Tokyo

・ Mr. Masashi Mori Mayor of Toyama City
・ Mr. Tatsuro Ito Director, General corporate MIRAIKANAE organization
・ Mr. Takashi Sugito Director, Urban Renaissance Agency (UR)
・ Former Mayor of Malmö Municipality, Kingdom of Sweden

《Break-out Sessions 2.》
“Extending Healthy Lifespans:
Unified Approaches to Improving Health and Community-Building Through Coordination”

We will start with an analysis of case studies of coordination between health policies and urban policies designed to build communities that are enjoyable to walk in, where walking is a natural part of daily life, leading to the improvement of health.

・ Prof. Yoshinori Hiroi Professor, Kokoro Research Center, Kyoto University

・ Mr. Ryoichi Nagai Health and Sanitation Department Director, Niigata City
・ Mr. Akihisa Ono Director-General of Environment Department, Matsuyama City
・ Mr. Shinya Koibuchi Director General, Health and Social Welfare Bureau, City of Yokohama
・ Dr. med. Ursula Hahn Chair Verein für Gesundheit und Medizin in Erlangen e.V.
international guest

15:30~17:00 《Break-out Session 3.》
Creating New Lifestyles Through New Mobility
We will discuss the possibilities for new mobility that are ripe with potential to bring about better quality of life and movement and lead to a reform in lifestyles.

・ Dr. Yasuhiro Daisho Chairperson, Research Organization for Next Generation Vehicles/Professor, Department of Modern Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Waseda University

・ Mr. Kanbe Masataka Science Technology Promotion Department General Manager of Tsukuba City
・ Mr. Hiroshi Isogai Deputy Mayor, Toyota City
・ Mr. Norihiko Nomura Director General, Climate Change Policy Headquarters, City of Yokohama
・ Mr. Rainer Becker CEO, car2go China Co., Ltd.

《Break-out Sessions 4.》
Creating Prosperity Through the Design of Public Spaces
The creation of quality public spaces will not only bring bustling activity to communities, it will also make them more appealing, contributing to the realization of a rich quality of life. Through discussion, we will present scenarios for realizing these ideals.

・ Dr. Toshio Kitahara Professor Emeritus, Chiba University

・ Mr. Yosuke Nanjo Director of City Department, Kashiwa City
・ Mr. Kosuke Saeki Chief Traffic Policy Officer, Kyoto City
・ Mr. Paul Chasan Urban Planner/Urban Designer,Planning Department, City and County of San Francisco (USA)
・ Ms. Tina Tam Senior Preservation Planner, Planning Department, City and County of San Francisco (USA)
・ Mr. David Sim Partner & Creative Director Architect SAR/MSA, Gehl Architects

17:15~17:45 Concluding Session / Closing Remarks


Yasuaki Sasaki
Public Policy Research & Social Co-relation Office, Consulting Unit I, FRI
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