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Q&A - Takashi Kawamura

Mayor of Nagoya

Japan

Which cities are setting the benchmarks for quality of life?
Los Angeles. It is a big city with a population of 3.8 million but the local community has a degree of autonomy. I would like to introduce a committee system whereby citizens decide local issues for themselves.

Where’s falling behind?
I’d have to say Japan because citizens don’t have the freedom to make decisions related to their communities.

Do we need to bring back craft and manufacturing to our cities?
Nagoya is a manufacturing city. Even in the…

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