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Civic slickers

— Global


The right mayor can reinvent and rejuvenate a city, boosting infrastructure, speeding integration and fostering the arts. For our cities special, we profile 10 of the freshest movers and shakers in urban politics worldwide, pinpointing their greatest successes.

City Special, Infrastructure, Integration Arts, Mayor, Urban politics


Takashi Kawamura


Takashi Kawamura has raised hell in Nagoya. In his first year in office, the mayor of Japan's fourth-largest city has slashed prices on medical tests and water and is locked in a battle with the assembly to push through tax cuts and trim the budget. Kawamura’s “shomin kakumei”, or people's revolution, has made the city a national symbol of reform.

Success: Agitating for political change and against party fealty. Challenge: Take on the city assembly to push through tax and budget reform.


Motti Sasson

Holon, Israel

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