“The City of Yokohama supports the SDGs concept of “No one will be left behind” and embraces that perspective in every aspect of its policies. Yokohama’s population is facing a declining birth rate and a rapidly aging population, but also has more citizens coming from foreign countries who want to live and work in Yokohama. In such circumstances, it is essential to achieve a society where everyone can reach their full potential so that Yokohama can grow sustainably. With this in mind, we are working to create a city where all citizens, irrespective of their gender, age, nationality, race, disability, or economic situation, can live in harmony. Moreover, we are promoting zero-carbon initiatives and increased greenery in the city to maintain a sustainable living environment. It is also essential to collaborate with cities in other countries that are tackling the same issues to implement these initiatives. For this reason, I decided to join the OECD Champion Mayors for Inclusive Growth Initiative because I believe the network suits this mission.”
– Mayor Fumiko Hayashi
Hayashi Fumiko has been mayor of Yokohama since 2009. Her previous roles include president of BMW Tokyo, president of Tokyo Nissan Auto Sales, and chairperson and CEO of the Japanese supermarket chain Daiei. In 2006, Forbes magazine named her 39th most powerful woman in the world, the highest ranking for a Japanese woman. Ms. Hayashi is the president of the Mayors Association of Designated Cities in Japan and the Chairperson of Japan Cruise Port Association. She has written several books on management and workforce relationships.
The City of Yokohama has been recognised by the Japanese government for its advanced initiatives that aim to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and was selected as an “SDGs Future City” in 2018. The city’s vision is to continue to create new value and prosperity through economy, culture, and art, revolving around the environment. The city has announced “Zero Carbon Yokohama,” a vision that aims to result in decarbonisation by 2050. Yokohama is working with stakeholders and residents to deliver “Yokohama Blue Carbon”, a carbon offsetting program using marine resources.