Kyoto’s Resilience Story

While it is considered one of the best places in Japan to raise a family, larger national trends of population decline have brought a host of economic and social challenges to the city. Knock on effects of the declining population include a degradation of public services and an increased burden on young working people to support the social security system.

Kyoto has a long history of resilience in the face of earthquakes, and has conducted extensive research to model the impacts of potential earthquake related shocks. Damage to infrastructure and cultural assets would pose long-term challenges to the city’s stability. To tackle these challenges, Kyoto is working towards greater cooperation between the municipal administration, private companies, and local communities to generate a comprehensive resilience program. The city has established evacuation centers and created manuals and training programs to prepare citizens in the event of a devastating earthquake.

SHOCKS AND STRESSES
  • Aging Infrastructure
  • Cyber Attack
  • Declining Population / Human Capital Flight
  • Earthquake
  • Landslide
  • Rainfall Flooding

Meet The Chief Resilience Officer

Mr. Hiroyuki Fujita has served as the Chief Resilience Officer for Kyoto, Japan since April 2017.

After graduating from Kyoto University, he began working for the Kyoto City Office in 1979. Following a 30-year career in education administration, Fujita-san became Director General of Ukyo Ward, the city of Kyoto’s largest administrative ward, with the popular tourist areas such as Saga Arashi-Yama and 4 World Heritages. In this role, he served as a liaison between city government and city residents.

While serving as deputy mayor from April 2013 to March 2017, Fujita-san signaled his  commitment to the city’s governance and prosperity, taking charge of disaster prevention, crisis management, local community revitalization, public health and welfare, education, culture, sports, water supply and sewage, and international relations.

As CRO, he is working hard to develop Resilience Strategy suitable for Kyoto – a city with rich historic, cultural and artistic resources.

Snapshot of Kyoto

  • 1,500,000

    POPULATION AS OF 2010

Stories about Kyoto

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