TOD CoP completing its first Technical Deep Dive in Japan

    TOD CoP completing its first Technical Deep Dive in Japan


    From May 16 – May 20, 2016, the Community of Practice on Transit Oriented Development has just completed its first Deep Dive in the Japanese cities of Tokyo, Yokohama and Osaka, organized by the Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC) and co-organized by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Trade and Tourism of Japan (MLIT). It involved delegations of World Bank staff and clients from 12 cities and 9 countries including Nanchang (China), Ho Chi Min City and Da Nang (Vietnam), Lima (Peru), Delhi and Mumbai (India), Mexico City (Mexico), Rio de Janerio and Recife (Brazil), Bogota, (Colombia), Cape Town (South Africa) and Dar es Salaam (Tanzania).


    Experts from MLIT, municipalities, rail companies, academic institutions and urban development experts from the private sector delivered sessions on various aspects TOD. Local authorities such as Shibuya Ward, City of Yokohama, Prefecture of Osaka, City of Osaka and City of Toyonaka were fundamental in presenting holistic approaches to addressing TOD approaches with their private sector counterparts. On the last day of each Technical Deep Dive delegations develop practical action plans for the design and implementation of solution to their unique challenges.


    TOD CoP lead, Mr. Gerald Ollivier mentioned, "It offered a jam-packed schedule of events over one week combining lectures, case studies, site visits, and ample time for discussions and city to city learning.  We utilized every major type of transportation across Tokyo, Yokohama and Osaka including planes, bullet trains, commuter trains, subways, buses, taxis and a lot of walking demonstrating what a well-designed user-centric system can do for a city.  Beyond the pure learning, the end result was a better understanding of our client priorities, and the preparation and refinement with our clients of their TOD action plans for the next 12 months, integrating the lessons learned during the Deep Dive (those will be sent individually to the respective Practice Managers). The feedback received was very positive. Joao Domingos Azevedo, President of ICPS, Recife, Brazil, summed up client sentiment with "TOD TDD was a great experience of long term planning with learnings to a more vibrant and efficient city. Seeing the Japanese experience is believing that it can be done! TOD is the way to do it"."


    Presentations and City Case Presentations attached below (City Case Reports are uploaded in "WB TDLC Technical Deep-Dive on Transit-Oriented Development").


    Related news and links

    1. WB TDLC Technical Deep-Dive on Transit-Oriented Development
    2. WB News: City Officials from 9 Countries Converge in Japan for Deep Learning on Transit Oriented Development (TOD)
    3. Third TOD Knowledge Sharing Seminar on “Application of Japanese Transit Oriented Development in Developing Countries”
    4. WB News: Third TOD Knowledge Sharing Seminar "Japan’s History of TOD and Application of Japanese TOD model in Developing Countries"