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Vision for Hokkaido


The New Hokkaido Comprehensive Plan
-Vision and strategies to cultivate the future of the north-

Hokkaido Future Creation Plan

・Comprehensive plan for the basic direction of prefectural administration
・Basic guidelines for administrative and financial management with the objective of appropriating
 limited administrative and financial resources (e.g.funds,human resources and information) to
 priority policies
・planned period: Approx. 10 years from fiscal 2008

Basic Concept
Chapter 1:Vision of Hokkaido
Chapter 2:Ideal images
Chapter 3:Basic Direction of Policy Development
Chapter 4:Basic Direction of Community Development
Hokkaido Future Shaping Strategy

Vision for Hokkaido (Chapter 1)

Uniqueness and superiority of Hokkaido~Hokkaido values

In envisaging our future, it is imperative to review the uniqueness and superiority of Hokkaido, namely, those elements that can be considered “Hokkaido values.”

Geographical advantages
Hokkaido values Great food supply capacity
Proximity to Russian Far East,Asia and North America More than 200% food self-sufficiency ratio
Cold climate with heavy snowfall in winter Diverse energy resources
Snow, drift ice and four distinct seasons Wind power, sunlight, snow and ice heat, biomass, etc.
Vast land resources, encompassed by the Pacific Ocean and two seas Regions rich in diversity
Fertile land and rich marine resources Attractive regions with various characteristics
Superb natural environment Unique history and culture
Magnificent nature represented by Shiretoko  The history and culture of the Ainu
Abundant water and forests Frontier spirit and tolerance
Abundant and clean water resources and vast forests Spirits for challenging difficulties, open-mindedness


Current Trends

 Hokkaido’s future greatly depends on the trends of the nation and global society.

A population declining and aging at a higher speed than the rest of the nation 
It is estimated that Hokkaido’s total population will decrease by approximately 950,000 between 2005 and 2030, with the aging ratio having increased by up to 35.6%.

Global networking and intensification of international competition
As global networking is under way in economic and other fields, we have both the “large-scale exchange era” and the “mega-competition era,” which are progressing simultaneously. In addition, East Asia and other areas are achieving remarkable economic development.

Global warming and concerns about insufficient food, energy and water resource supplies
With serious global environmental problems such as global warming, there are concerns about insufficient food, energy and water resource supplies worldwide.
Changes in population (by age bracket)
Source: “National Census Report” by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (1990-2005); “Future Population Projections for Japan by Prefecture” (as of May 2007; 2010-2030) by the National Institute of Population and Social Security Research

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Ideal image (Chapter 2)

Ideal image

A Hokkaido based on the harmonious coexistence of economic activities and natural environment where people help one another and communities support one another, and where people can live energetically by fully demonstrating their individualities and potential. A Hokkaido which provides opportunities for partnerships and exchanges and which plays host to pioneering industries, thus making domestic and international contributions.

Hokkaido thriving in the world with its lively people and communities as well as harmonious economic activities and natural environment
Pioneering industries A comfortable and peaceful life Communities filled with individuality and vitality
■ A self-sustaining economic society led by the private sector ■ A society in which safety and reliability are secured and people are highly satisfied with their daily lives and feel  comfortable even in winter ■ Sustainable and vibrant communities supported by various networks
■ An economic society with robust industry, which has strong competitiveness both at home and abroad ■ A sustainable society in which recycling and symbiosis with nature have taken root ■ Communities attracting other regions at home and abroad with great individualities
■ An economic society in which individuals can work comfortably by demonstrating their abilities and potential ■ A society in which people can choose and realize diverse values and affluence ■ Communities based on independence and self-reliance befitting a society based on regional sovereignty
The doshusei regional administrative system refers to a mechanism based on the thorough decentralization of power.  Specifically, approximately 10 regional administrative units (known as doshu governments) will replace the current 47 prefectures, with significant authority and financial resources being transferred from the central government to the regional governments
Vision of “Doshusei” or a wider regional system ● Regional sovereignty with which
● “Doshusei” or a wider regional system, a form of self-government suitable   for a regional sovereignty-type society
● A Hokkaido which will undergo changes with the introduction of “Doshusei”

Basic positions

“Basic positions” refer to the approaches shared by various organizations pursuing the realization of ideal images of Hokkaido.

Developing and supporting communities with wisdom and the ability to take action
Enhancing and expanding the world-class value of Hokkaido Painting and exploring a future with creativity and determination


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