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Learn more about Hiroshima Environmental Business Promotion Council

History

Industrial development in Hiroshima started in the late 19th century.
Japan's first dock was constructed in Hiroshima, and the steel industry began in 1895 to support the fast development of shipbuilding industry. The automobile industry followed later with the beginning of the production by the Japanese carmaker Mazda in 1931. These heavy industries have created dense and effective supply chain networks.
The industrial development of Hiroshima continued through the period of Japanese rapid development, but the secondary effect of these heavy industries started to appear in the late 1950s: Pollution.
As the level of air, water and soil pollution became more and more severe, the Hiroshima prefectural government set pollution prevention regulations in 1971, followed by the establishment of the Seto Inland Sea Environmental Protection Special Measures Act, a national law, in 1973.

seto island sea

Today, after 40 years of continuous effort and improvement, the Seto Inland Sea area has regained its beauty, and it is has become one of the most successful environmental recovery cases in Japan. This successful recovery is largely the result of the R&D efforts of local companies. In fact, there are numerous companies of various sizes that work directly or indirectly in the environmental sector and its restoration in Hiroshima.
Based on this historical context and these observations, in 2012 the Hiroshima prefectural government launched the "Hiroshima Environmental Business Promotion Council", which is chaired by a professor from the Environmental Science Department of the Hiroshima Institute of Technology, to develop an inter-prefectural network of local actors and to help them promote their products and technologies to tackle global environmental problems.

Activities of the Council

The Hiroshima Prefectural Government has developed strategic alliances with some foreign local governments to collaborate on municipal development projects through technology exchange in various environmental fields. Partner municipalities include Can Tho City and Soc Trang Province in Viet Nam, and Sichuan Province in China. Hiroshima Prefecture has also exchanged memorandums of understanding with BPPT (Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology) and APPLI (Environmental Pollution Control Association of Indonesia) in Indonesia, Green Tech Cluster Styria in Austria, and The CLEANTECH Initiative Ostdeutschland in Germany.
The Council collaborates with the Hiroshima Prefectural Government to function as a common platform for the internationalization of its member companies.

JICA seminar

Through allying with foreign municipalities and organizations, the Council organized several business networking events to identify their needs, and to present the strength of some of the member companies.
The Council also organized the Hiroshima Pavilion at some of the most important business exhibitions such as Viet-Water, Indowater (Jakarta), Singapore International Water Week, Aquatech Amsterdam, and IFAT Munich.
Furthermore, the Council supported Bogor City in Indonesia in the establishment of a system for efficient general waste management through the JICA Partnership Project from 2016 to 2018.
These experiences allowed participant companies to learn about different markets’ needs and helped them meet  future partners.

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