2nd EU-Japan Cities Exchange Meeting

23 April 2018  |  Tokyo, Japan
Meeting agenda (EN |JP) | Logistical information
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Opening and welcome

Moderated by Mr. Pablo Iglesias Rumbo 

  • Mr. Viorel ISTICIOAIA-BUDURA, Ambassador and Head of European Union Delegation to Japan
  • Mr. Ronald HALL, Principal Adviser for International Relations, DG REGIO, European Commission (contribution)
  • Mr. Shinichi SAKAKI, Deputy Director-General for City Bureau, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism
  • Speeches by Mayors
    Mr. Thomas Begkas, Mayor of Ioannina
    Mr. Masato Shinagawa, Mayor of Koriyama

IUC-Japan overview and update

Prof. Hidefumi Imura, Project Coordinator, IUC-Japan (contribution)
Outline of IUC-Japan; brief introduction of the selected cities (5 city pairs selected in 2017, and new 3 pairs selected in 2018); planned events and schedules; IUC-Japan webpage; newsletters; knowledge sharing platform; and updated information about key issues related to SDGs in Japan such as sustainable cities initiatives, smart cities initiatives, aging society, renewable energy, business cooperation, etc.

Joint presentation by city pairs

Each city pair will report on the planned meeting and site visits in Japanese cities which will take place before or following the Tokyo meeting, ongoing activities of information exchange, envisioned activities for mutual learning and cooperation, good practices to disseminate on the knowledge sharing platform.

  • Clean energy, social inclusion and healthy cities, Joint presentation by Ancona (video) and Ikoma (contribution)
  • Smart city, Joint presentation by Yokohama (contribution)  and Frankfurt (contribution)
  • Clean technology and renewable energy, Joint Presentation by Essen (contribution 1 2 3)  and Koriyama (contribution EN | JP)
  • Buildings and site regeneration,  Joint presentation by Hirosaki (contribution) and Donostia-San Sebastián (contribution, video)
  • Sustainable mobility and transport, Joint presentation by Ioannina (contribution, video) and Ichinomiya (contribution)


Prof. Hidefumi Imura, Project Coordinator, IUC-Japan
Summary of the meeting; issues/topics identified tasks: development of knowledge sharing platform; case studies of good practices; and uploading of materials on the webpage
Schedules; city-to-city events in Brussels on 10 October 2018; study tours of Japanese cities in October

Closing remarks

Mr. Ronald HALL, Principal Adviser for International Relations, DG REGIO, European Commission