Strategies in Promoting Eco-policies: The Case of Toyama City, Japan

  •  Hiroshi Ito    


Despite its relatively small population size and limited resources, Toyama City, Japan has been successful in promoting its eco-policies. Because of its substantial work and efforts to address environmental and socio-economic issues, the city was designated as an eco-model city in 2008 and eco-future city in 2011 by the Japanese government as well as a model city of the United Nation’s Sustainable Energy for All Initiative in 2014 and the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient City Initiative in 2014. Through literature reviews and interviews with personnel from the Environmental Policy section at Toyama City Hall, this article describes Toyama City’s eco-policies and examines how the city has succeeded in promoting eco-policies at both national and international levels. This study may provide other eco-cities with some insights to promote their eco-policies: Toyama City’s case can promote good practices and sound expertise for other cities around the world that have faced similar problems and share lessons learned.

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