Toyama Unveils Comprehensive Urban Resilience Strategy

Created in conjunction with 100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation –  the Toyama Resilience Strategy will aid the city in improving quality of life, reducing risk and expanding sustainable networks, in order to foster an entrepreneurial and flexible economy and nurture citizen’ lives.

TOYAMA, JAPAN – The City of Toyama, in partnership with 100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation (100RC), today unveiled Resilient Toyama, a comprehensive strategic roadmap to promote city resilience for this Sea of Japan coastal city on Japanese main island of Honshu. Mayor Masashi Mori, Chief Resilience Officer Dr. Joseph Runzo-Inada, 100RC Regional Co-Director, Asia & Pacific, Lauren Sorkin, and Hiroaki Ishii, Vice President of External and Government Affairs for Nissan Motor Co., Ltd,, spoke at the official launch of Toyama’s 30-year resilience strategy.  Members of government, community groups, businesses leaders and NGOs and IGOs attended the ceremony. Leveraging the city’s existing areas of strength, the strategy contains specific actions to build resilience across  urban, suburban and rural areas, while balancing  the needs and health of individuals, society, and the environment.

Toyama’s resilience strategy was developed by building upon the city’s comprehensive ten year and compact city plans and the new Toyama Vision 2050.  Led by Dr. Runzo-Inada and the Office of Strategic Planning and Resilience, the city engaged hundreds of stakeholder through a wide range of consultation meetings with citizens, members of the business community, city officials, community groups, research institutions, international corporations and NGOs and IGOs. Through this process, Toyama built a consensus vision and developed specific initiatives for resilience building.

Masashi Mori, Mayor of Toyama, said “We have re-examined and realigned current city development policies within a future resilience framework and vision for sustainable development and natural and manmade crisis management, based on strong cooperation from a broad range of stakeholders and NGOs and IGOs. Our Toyama Resilience Strategy will be responsible for ensuring cross-cutting approaches to city policies and strategies. The city will continue to robustly cooperate with citizens and the business community to create our future resilience strategies through our collective strength and we especially hope this can be a model for other cities.”

“With an ancient cultural and artistic heritage and deep interpersonal and community bonds, Toyama Vision 2050 emphasizes Community, Nature and Innovation for the Future and the critical balance of essential elements which must be maintained to nurture an enduring and resilient Toyama” said Dr. Joseph Runzo-Inada, Toyama’s Chief Resilience Officer.  He added, “while Toyama is internationally recognized as a leading model for city resilience, the underlying lesson of our resilience strategy is that Toyama’s success is fundamentally not about precise policies, priorities or programs; it is about nurturing the resilient spirit of its citizens. There will be no future success without the enduring resilient spirit of Toyama’s citizens.”

Lauren Sorkin, Regional Co-Director, Asia & Pacific, 100RC, said: “This strategy unites Toyama’s outstanding city development endeavors to enhance capacity for resilience building. It’s focus on inclusive decision making and both visionary long-term projects and quick-win actions, will deliver benefits to communities of all ages and interests in the city.” She adds, “Toyama is the first city in Japan to take the step towards institutionalizing a resilience mindset, and the human resources needed to deliver a resilience strategy by dedicating city budget to support a Chief Resilience Officer and a thirteen member Team. Toyama is a model of how cities can be forward-looking and embrace adaptability in development.”

“Nissan congratulates Toyama City on becoming the first Japanese city to create a resilience strategy and we are proud to support them by leasing a fleet of our all-electric light commercial vehicles at no cost,” said Hitoshi Kawaguchi, Senior Vice President of Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. and Chief Sustainability Officer in charge of Global External and Government Affairs. “Nissan is proud to be the first and only automotive platform partner for 100RC. We believe that automotive companies have a key role to play in making cities more resilient and electric vehicles are an important part of that effort.”

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd joined 100RC this year as a platform partner to support cities like Toyama in becoming more resilient and improving the quality of life for residents. During the event, Nissan announced the delivery of 30 light commercial electric vehicles (Nissan e-NV200s) that are being leased to Toyama City at no cost to help the city implement its resilience strategy.

Resilient Toyama focuses on several interconnected areas for action, each with its own goals, initiatives and projects to strengthen the city and its communities in order to address its key challenges including an aging and declining population, efficient transportation systems, flooding and waste management.

As a member of the 100RC Network, Toyama has access to services, tools, and expertise from the 100RC Platform of Partners, comprised of leading private, public, academic, government, and NGO sector leaders, including Microsoft, SwissRe, Veolia, Nissan, IGES, and the World Bank. 100RC Platform Partners assist member cities with tools and services that facilitate the planning and implementation of the Resilient Toyama strategy.

The full Resilient Toyama strategy is available here: www.100resilientcities.org/Toyama

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For further information, please contact:

100 Resilient Cities:
Ashley Knapp
aknapp@100RC.org / +65 8168 9481

Toyama City:
Toshihiko Mori
miraisenryaku-01@city.toyama.lg.jp

About 100 Resilient Cities—Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation 

100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation (100RC) helps cities around the world become more resilient to the physical, social, and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century. 100RC provides this assistance through: funding for a Chief Resilience Officer in each member city who will lead the resilience efforts; resources for drafting a resilience strategy; access to private sector, public sector, academic, and NGO resilience tools; and membership in a global network of peer cities to share best practices and challenges.  For more information, visit: www.100ResilientCities.org.