The Moscow Urban Forum was the co-organiser of Days of Moscow in Tokyo - a series of cultural events and discussions which were initiated by the Moscow Government in Japan's capital city on October 16-19 2018.
On October 17 the Tokyo Mandarin Oriental Hotel hosted the Moscow and Tokyo. Common Challenges, Common Solutions plenary session. The session was opened by Mikhail Galuzin, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Russia in Japan, Sergey Cheremin, Minister of the Moscow City Government, Head of the Moscow City foreign economic and international relations Department and Denis Boykov, CEO, MUF.
The next session - Towards a Sustainable Megapolis. Strategy, Infrastructure, Architecture was devoted to discussing how two megapolises - Moscow and Tokyo - approach public space design, landscaping, ensure sustainability and ecology in urban development. The participants of the discussion came to the conclusion that there is a trend of developing hybrid public spaces which are both open to nature and protect from negative climatic events. Moscow, in particular, presented its achievements of the last 5-7 years in designing embankments, pedestrian areas, creating parks, landscaping, developing alternatives to private transport. Many projects are already completed like the Zaryadye Park which is on TIME magazine's Best Places of 2018 list. Vasily Auzan, MUF Programme Director, was the moderator of the discussion. Peter Kudryavtsev, Head of Citymakers and one of the Zaryadye Park leaders, Yasushi Aoyama, Head of Tokyo City Planning Council, former vice-governor of Tokyo, Mikiko Ishikawa, renowned Tokyo landscape designer, Javier Villar, Partner at KKAA Kengo Kuma & Associates, representatives of The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and KPMG were among the speakers of the panel. In addition, Dr. Toshio Obi, Professor of Waseda University and prominent specialist in information technologies working with senior citizens, was invited to speak at a session about ageing.
Our Japanese colleagues were inspired by Moscow's experience and achievements and plan to use this knowledge in preparing for the upcoming Olympic Games 2020 held in Tokyo. The participants of the business programme discussed future relations and exchanging knowledge between Moscow and Tokyo in developing sustainable cities, urban planning policies and creating an inclusive environment.
The Moscow Urban Forum expresses gratitude to the Tokyo Government for the opportunity to share Moscow's experience in these areas.