Environmental Management in the City of Kitakyushu

Standard

Kitakyushu sits on the sea on the island of Kyushu, half way in between Tokyo and Shanghai. Relatively close to both China and Korea, Kitakyushu initially developed as an important regional trade link.

北九州市は、東京と上海のほぼ中間に位置しており、海に面し、中国・韓国に近いという地理的条件により、北九州市はアジアの玄関口として発展してきました。

once suffered serious environmental pollution.

市民の方々は、美しい環境に恵まれておりますが、かつては、深刻な環境問題を経験してきました。

 

Kitakyushu is also one of the largest industrial cities in Japan. Industrial development was started in nineteen zero one with start of operation of Yahata Steel Works. It is the first modern steel mill in Asia. In following years, heavy industrial factories built up around Dokai Bay.

北九州市は、日本でも有数の工業都市の1つでもあります。工業発展は、1901年の八幡製鐵所の操業開始とともに始まりました。その後、洞海湾の周りには、多くの重化学工業の工場が建設されたのです。

 

In the nineteen sixties, not many citizens concerned themselves with the environment very much. They regarded that even rainbow colored smoke as a  sign of their prosperity.

So, the environment of Kitakyushu was bad. Some citizens damaged health such as having asthma. This sea, Dokai Bay was called “Sea of Death”.

Then  citizens especially mothers were concerned about their families’ health and launched activity against pollution.

Response to citizens’ request, companies and the local government started countermeasures and various projects to improve the environment. Their activities made this achievement, recovering clean environment.

 

1960年代、このころ市民は、環境のことは気にかけず、逆に空に立ち上る「七色の煙」を繁栄の象徴と考える人もいました。

北九州市は大気汚染による健康被害も生じ、この海、洞海湾は「死の海」となっていました。

市民、特にお母さんたちは、家族の健康を心配し、公害に対して立ち上がりました。

そして、彼ら市民の願いに答え、企業・自治体は公害対策、環境改善に向けて取組みをはじめました。

全ての関係者のおかげで美しい自然を取り戻せたと確信しています。

 

Women are the one who incepted the activity in Kitakyushu at that time.

They visited researched factories by themselves in cooperation with professors of universities.

The power of citizens is the greatest asset. It is still comes down to the generation. This power of citizens is still active in environmental causes to this day.

 

彼女達が、公害防止に向けた活動を最初にはじめた方たちです。

彼女達は、大学の先生方の協力を得て、自ら工場の調査を行いました。

この市民の力は、北九州市に今でも引き継がれている財産です。

そしてこの力は、現在の環境の活動にも活かされています。

 

new environmental challenges such as solid waste. Kitakyushu created the Eco Town project because we feel it is vitally important to build the foundations of a resource-sustainable society.

There are a variety of recycling industries and research institutes in order to promote resource recycling. But in addition to building new facilities, it is important to rise public awareness and participation of citizens. So that, we are making strong effort to disseminate information and open the facilities to the public by establishing a place for environmental education as well as information center of firms and institutes in Eco Town. It became a focal point of Eco Town welcoming a lot of people from both home and abroad.

 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s