Both Japanese and European cities have in recent years been addressing demographic shifts and incorporating strategies for sustainable urban development. In Japan, local governments have worked to account for the changing needs of an aging population and promote sustainable urban policy by developing compact and low-carbon cities. Similarly, many cities in the European Union have been proactively combating the “shrinking city” phenomenon and enacting environmentally sensitive urban development standards.
The EU-Japan Municipal Dialogue on Urban Policy, which is being implemented under the European Commission’s World Cities initiative, has been organized in the interest of productively addressing demographic shifts and promoting sustainable urban development in both regions. The EU-Japan Dialogue brings together four Japanese and four European cities to discuss and collaborate on actions connected to the two central themes of compact city development and low-carbon development. This project provides a unique opportunity for participating cities to share experience and expertise in areas of mutual interest.
The EU-Japan Dialogue consists of three working meetings – two in Japan and one in Europe. Japanese and European project cities will cooperate based on similarities between their thematic areas, experiences, and goals; communication with all cities in the exchange provides additional opportunities for collaboration and potential for new ideas.