Home to one of the first ports to open to foreign trade, Kobe is an international city which has developed as Japan’s gateway to the world.
Kobe is a vibrant yet compact city, ideal for the varying lifestyles of our citizens and also one of the most comfortable cities in Japan for expats to settle in. Not far from the city’s downtown area you can find a beautiful seashore or majestic mountains, and Japan’s beautiful countryside is just a short 30-minute train ride away from our busy city.
Kobe became Japan’s gateway to the world, thanks to its access to land, sea and air transport connections, making Kobe an excellent transportation hub.
Struck by the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake on January 18, 1995, Kobe city was hit by unprecedented damage, losing 4,571 citizens and suffering a significant setback to the economy.
In order to revitalize the economy after the earthquake, the Biomedical Cluster project was started in 1998 to provide better social and healthcare services.
Now twenty years later, the Biomedical Cluster is the biggest medical cluster in Japan with various cutting-edge research and development institutions, and over 350 medical companies.
Kobe is heavily involved in tackling global warming, with the aim to cut greenhouse gas emissions within the city by 34% by 2030. Kobe aims to achieve this goal by introducing various energy conservation initiatives, popularizing renewable energy sources and promoting the development of innovative technologies.
In a further bid to tackle climate change, Kobe government is promoting the ‘Hydrogen Smart City Kobe Initiative Project’. This project aims to reduce the burden of global warming on the environment, save energy, improve energy security and promote industry and regional vitalization. In collaboration with local businesses, Kobe is actively pursuing pioneering initiatives for the future, such as the construction of a hydrogen supply chain and the development of fuel cell vehicles and hydrogen fueling stations.
Furthermore, Kobe are implementing IoT and AI technology to use energy more efficiently. The city is determined to take on new initiatives and tackle any challenges to become a low-carbon energy city.