“Ever since our port began operating 150 years ago, Kobe has been very much open to the world. The city, in terms of industry, has developed over the years to the times and the needs of its people,” Mayor Kizo Hisamoto said.
In the past few years, Kobe has been home to Japan’s largest Biomedical Innovation Cluster, which hosts more than 340 companies on Port Island, joining heavy industries manufacturing as major pillars of the city’s economy.
This growth would not have been possible if it weren’t for the highly skilled and talented workers who live in Kobe. The mayor is now focused on efforts to attract new and innovative companies to this bustling seaside metropolis.
Amid so much optimism about the future, Kobe has intensified its efforts to develop clean energy.
In December, the city conducted the world’s first test to supply energy from hydrogen power.
It has also collaborated with the government of Aberdeen in Scotland to develop a marine industry cluster.
“We’ve made the most of international knowledge to develop Kobe into a thriving, multi faceted city. Looking to the future, we intend to continue this pioneering spirit,” Hisamoto said.