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Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC)




The city of Fukuoka has long served as a hub that connects people and businesses within the Asian region. The city boasts one of Japan’s best transportation systems; this includes Fukuoka airport, the port of Hakata, and Hakata station, and showcases many examples of transit-oriented development. The city’s share of youth is much higher than the country average, partly due to the concentration of universities in Fukuoka, and it functions as a vibrant center of politics, culture, fashion and the economy for the Kyushu region. It has also implemented innovative policies such as Fukuoka 100, a program aimed at promoting good health and longevity, to address the challenges of an aging society.  

Today, Fukuoka enjoys a reputation as one of the fastest-growing startup hubs in Japan, offering a series of support initiatives such as Startup Café, a one-stop-shop for those starting up a business in the city. Furthermore, under its “FUKUOKA Smart EAST project”, the city is bringing together cutting-edge technology, innovative thinkers and sustainable practices with the aim of creating a model smart city at a former university site in the Hakozaki area. 

Since Fukuoka became a partner city of TDLC’s City Partnership Program in 2018, it has supported TDLC in the delivery of Technical Deep Dives and other events on topics including transit-oriented development, public spaces, and urban management in cities with aging populations. Fukuoka's track record of building a competitive city, its expertise in urban transportation development, its experience as a center of exchange with Asia, and its measures to attract young people have all drawn the attention of urban development professionals in developing countries. 

Key topics of engagement

  • Transit-oriented development

  • Innovation and start-up ecosystems

  • Competitive and smart cities



Voice of the city 

“In June 2018, Fukuoka City signed a memorandum of understanding with the World Bank to collaborate with its City Partnership Program on the themes of ‘sustainable and livable city planning’ and ’competitive cities’. Since then, we have been collaborating with the World Bank on urban issues including aging and solid waste management, as well as city planning including transit-oriented development and smart cities. We will continue to collaborate with the World Bank and leverage their global network so that we can share the knowledge we have accumulated as a local government supporting our citizens' ways of life, and contribute to tackling urban challenges in developing countries.”  

Kazuhiro Kubota, Executive Director of International Affairs Department, Fukuoka 

Key recent collaborations

 *As of June 2022


Key Publications

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