All across Japan, many urban rebirth projects, having as their objectives revitalization of the economy and improvement of the living environment, are underway. On the national level, the Urban Renaissance Headquarters was inaugurated in May 2001, with the Prime Minister as its head. At the same time, the details of 4 -phased urban rebirth projects were decided and the Urban Renaissance Special Measure Law was promulgated. With this law, the national government specifies the areas where urban rebirth projects should be urgently carried out (Priority Urban Development Areas), and approves exceptional easing of regulations on city planning in these areas. Moreover, financial support for infrastructure development is provided. All of these are aimed at facilitating utilization of land by the private sector.
In coordination with these activities promoted by the national government, Kansai is also working on its urban rebirth projects. In the informal discussion on the promotion of Urban Renaissance held in 2000, with the participation of the Prime Minister of Japan and governors of prefectures and mayors of major cities in Kansai, the following four points were identified as the fundamental strategy for Urban Renaissance in the Kansai Metropolitan Area.
The following is a list of Kansai-related projects and the Priority Urban Development Areas designated by the national government's Urban Renaissance Headquarters.
|Urban Renaissance Projects(URP)
URPs are decided by the Urban Renaissance Headquarters as strategic projects that promote urban rejuvenation. URPs have been chosen from two viewpoints: as the leading projects for the creation of new cities of the 21st Century, and as projects to wipe out the negative legacy from the 20th Century.
1st Decision (June 2001)
- Development of Broad-based Key Disaster Prevention Base
- Restructuring of Urban Areas to Make them Garbage-free
2nd Decision (August 2001)
- Enhancement of International Exchange and Materials Distribution Functions
- Development of Loop Roads
- Formation of International Center for Life Science
- Further Employment of PFI Technique
3rd Decision (December 2001)
- Emergency Development of Densely Built-up Areas
- Utilization of Existing Urban Stock
- Renewal of Urban Environmental Infrastructure
*None of Kansai related projects on 4th Decision(July 2002)
|Priority Urban Development Areas (PUDA)
PUDA are areas designated by the national government based on the Urban Renaissance Special Measure Law. In these areas, exceptional easing of regulations on city planning, and financial assistance schemes for infrastructure development have been introduced.
- Around Osaka Station, Nakanoshima, Midosuji Blvd. and their Periphery
- Namba and Minato-machi
- Around Osaka Cosmosquare Station
- South of Sakai-Otori Station
- Sakai Coastal Area
- East of Neyagawa-shi Station
- South of Kyoto Station
- Along Aburakoji St. in Southern Kyoto
- Kyoto Kuze-Takada, and Muko-Terado
- Around Nagaoka-kyo Station
- Kobe Port Island West
- South of Kobe Sannomiya Station
- Amagasaki Coastal Area West
- North of JR Amagasaki Station