Tokyo Beyond 2035—Learning from the Past and Preparing for the Future

Calendar 6 December 2019
Time 4.00 pm – 5.30 pm. Registration from 3.30pm, seated by 4.00pm 
Location MND Auditorium, MND Annex A, 5 Maxwell Road Singapore 069110
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Seats are available on a first come, first served basis. Please be seated 10 minutes before lecture begins, after which we will open the venue to walk-in guests.


Lecture Poster (PDF: 109 KB)

Lecture Video and Photos

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Tokyo is the largest city on the planet. It is also the political, economic and cultural heart of Japan, one of the world’s largest and most technologically advanced economies. How is this remarkable metropolis planning to face the future?

Tokyo faces many challenges. In terms of climate change, how can it prepare for more frequent extreme weather events, including floods and heatwaves. How will demographic ageing affect the city in terms of service provision, tax burdens or land use? Economically, how can Tokyo maintain international competitiveness?

Dr Ichikawa has been tasked to help develop Tokyo’s long-term plan. In this lecture, he will cover Tokyo’s past and present development, and how current planning will address future challenges. Policy topics will include sustainable development, compact hub cities, mitigation of effects due to climate change, international business centre development, inter-/intra-urban transport connectivity, and the adoption of new technologies such as AI, robotics, and autonomous vehicles.

About the Speakers

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Dr Hiroo Ichikawa

Professor Emeritus, Meiji University
Executive Director, Mori Memorial Foundation

Dr. Ichikawa is Professor Emeritus and former Dean at the Professional Graduate School of Governance Studies, Meiji University, Tokyo, Japan. He is also Executive Director of the Mori Memorial Foundation (MMF), Japan. He majors urban policy, urban and regional planning, emergency management and policy for foreign aids. Before he became a professor at Meiji University in 1997, he was a chief researcher at Fuji Research Institute, one of biggest Japanese think tanks, as well as a senior researcher at International Development Center of Japan. He is active in the several executive committees of the central government, local governments and professional organizations in Japan such as Cabinet Office, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transportation, Japan International Corporation Agency, and Tokyo Metropolitan Government. He is also internationally active as a Steering board member of Future of Urban Development and Services, World Economic Forum, and an international committee member of Fourth New York Metropolitan Plan, Regional Plan Association.

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Michael Koh
Executive Fellow
Centre for Liveable Cities

Mr Michael Koh has 25 years of experience in the public service including 7 years as CEO of the National Heritage Board and 4 years concurrently as CEO of the National Art Gallery. He was also the former Director of Urban Planning & Design at the Urban Redevelopment Authority where he spearheaded the planning and urban design of the new mixed use Downtown at Marina Bay, revitalisation of Orchard Road as a shopping street and creation of an arts and entertainment district at Bras Basah Bugis.

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