Home to one of the first Japanese ports to open to foreign trade, and with access to land, sea and air transport, Kobe is an international city which has developed as Japan’s gateway to the world.
Struck by the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake on January 17, 1995, when 4,571 citizens lost their lives, Kobe suffered unprecedented damage and a significant setback to its 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.
More recently, Kobe has been involved in tackling global warming more and more, with the aim to cut greenhouse gas emissions within the city by 34% by 2030, in comparison to the CO2 emission level of 2013. 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.
Kobe is a vibrant yet compact city, ideal for the varying lifestyles of our citizens and 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 the busy city.