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GRIPS Forum “Fighting COVID-19: Kobe City’s Challenge”

At GRIPS Forum on June 6, 2022, Mr. Kizo Hisamoto, Mayor of Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture, gave a lecture titled “Fighting COVID-19: Kobe City’s Challenge”.





The COVID-19 pandemic that began its rapid global spread at the end of 2019 has brought dramatic changes to Kobe just as it has around the world. Kobe has responded boldly to this unprecedented crisis by mobilizing its full resources to protect the lives and livelihoods of its citizens.

This lecture will highlight the actions that have been taken so far in Kobe City.


Speaker: Mr. Kizo Hisamoto

              Mayor of Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture

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Speaker’s Profile:

Born in Hyogo Ward, Kobe in 1954, Kizo Hisamoto graduated from the University of Tokyo Faculty of Law in 1976, entering the former Ministry of Home Affairs that year. He held various posts including cabinet councillor, director of the Election Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, and director of the Local Administration Bureau of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications before becoming deputy mayor of Kobe City. He was elected mayor of Kobe in 2013 and is currently serving his third term. He was appointed President, Mayors Association of Designated Cities in 2022.


About GRIPS Forum:

Since its establishment in 1997, the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), as the only graduate school in Japan specializing in policy research, has promoted education and research on a wide range of policy issues.

Utilizing our vast policy network, this Forum invites leaders from various fields including government, academia and business, as well as staff from our own faculty, to deliver lectures on current policy concerns.

The Forum welcomes attendance of GRIPS faculty and students as well as participants from outside the university.

Date / Time 2022.6.6 16:40~18:10 (Japan Time)
SpeakerMr. Kizo Hisamoto, Mayor of Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture
TitleFighting COVID-19: Kobe City's Challenge
Venue Online (Zoom Webinar)
Fee Free (Pre-registration is required)
Language Japanese (English simultaneous interpretation provided)

7-22-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-8677

TEL : +81-(0)3-6439-6000     
FAX : +81-(0)3-6439-6010


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