Kawasaki-Shenyang Project

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Sister City: Cooperative Efforts with Shenyang, China The City of Kawasaki is cooperating in the development of a circular economy in Shenyang, China, with which Kawasaki has a Sister City relationship in collaboration with the Japan’s Ministry of the Environment and National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES), as well as various international organizations, beginning with the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP).
Since forming a friendship city alliance in 1981, Shenyang and Kawasaki cities have been interacting across a wide range of fields.
In the area of the environment, Kawasaki hosts environmental technology trainees and holds Eco-Town workshops while its interaction with Shenyang on the environment grows deeper year by year.

Agreement on the Cooperation in the Development of a Circular Economy

Kawasaki and the city of Shenyang concluded an “Agreement on Cooperation in the Development of a Circular Economy” with the aims of further deepening their friendly relationship through exchanges in the environmental field, and implementing cooperative efforts to solve environmental problems by promoting a “virtuous cycle” of the environment and the economy. Based on this agreement, the two cities will make a variety of efforts in the environmental field.

Collaboration with Related Organizations

On June 14, 2009, Kawasaki also concluded a “Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in Construction of Environment-friendly Cities of Kawasaki and Shenyang by the Ministry of the Environment of Japan and the Ministry of Environmental Protection of China.” Kawasaki will cooperate in the development of a circular economy in Shenyang in collaboration with Japan’s Ministry of the Environment and National Institute of Environmental Studies, as well as international organizations.

Environmental Technology Trainees

Staff from the Shenyang Environmental Protection Bureau visit Kawasaki every year to study the environmental policies and technology at Kawasaki City and stimulate the transfer of technology. Since the launch of the program in 1997, a total of 26 trainees have come to Kawasaki as of fiscal 2008. On their return to China, they are instrumental in a wide range of activities and are in the position of center of environmental policymaking in Shenyang City.