Accelerate Yokohama's circular economy

WHY: Making Yokohama a Circular City

As one of Japan’s major cities, Yokohama has been striving to build itself as a sustainable city to serve its 3.7 million citizens. It also has been chosen as an SDGs Future City. However, Japan’s aging society has created new demands such as job creation, economic revitalization, usage of abandoned houses, enhanced social welfare, and improved urban infrastructure. Furthermore, the population of Yokohama is expected to drop to 3.3 million by 2050. Harch hopes to tackle these community issues to make Yokohama a more thriving city. This brought our attention to the concept of a circular economy, which aims to achieve sustainable economic growth for everyone while reducing the environmental footprint and creating benefits for local communities.

HOW: Creating a positive loop

In Yokohama, there are already many good local circular economy projects in place. Harch hopes to spread awareness of these ideas for a wider audience in Japan and overseas through our media channels. Moreover, we want to unite people who are interested in the topic from the city and other areas. We will then stimulate new projects and promote them by effectively utilizing our media. By generating this cycle, we aim to accelerate the circular economy in Yokohama.

WHAT: What is Circular Yokohama?

Circular Yokohama is a platform to accelerate the circular economy in the city of Yokohama. We post the latest news regarding Yokohama’s circular economy, create a “circular map” that lists circular projects around the city, and develop a database for each project. On this platform, you can also find our local circular economy tours and experiences you can join. We closely work with the city, local SMEs, and NPOs under a comprehensive partnership agreement to promote the circular economy in the city.

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Circular Yokohama held “Exploring Hoshiten: Book Talk! vol.2 – creating community spaces through bookstores”

  • On 2024年4月19日
On February 26, Circular Yokohama, our platform for promoting the circular economy in Yokohama, collaborated with the project “Book and Radio Travel Agency” which has the concept of a “travel agency where books become tickets,” to hold a reading event titled “Exploring Hoshiten: Book Talk! vol.2 – creating community spaces through bookstores.” The theme of […]
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Yokohama’s global city promotion website covers representative Kato’s insights at Y-SHIP 2023

  • On 2024年2月20日
The City of Yokohama’s global city promotion website, “Inspire Your Soul Find Your YOKOHAMA,” recently published a report on the “Y-SHIP 2023” event, featuring insights from Representative Kato, who participated as a panelist. Inspire Your Soul Find Your YOKOHAMA provides information on new discoveries that stimulate intellectual curiosity, as well as information about Yokohama that […]
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Circular Yokohama lectured on vocational activities at Sasage Junior High School in Yokohama

  • On 2024年1月19日
On November 30, Muroi and Maruyama of Circular Yokohama, a Yokohama-based circular economy promotion platform operated by our company, gave a vocational lecture to first-year students at Sasage Junior High School in Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture. This year, the school held a vocational lecture for first-year students as part of their career studies during their […]
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