Soichiro Takashima

Mayor of Fukuoka, City of Fukuoka

Former TV presenter for variety programmes and talk shows on environmental issues. 2010, at the age of 36, became the youngest mayor in Fukuoka City’s history; 2014, re-elected. Has been active in promoting Fukuoka at home and abroad. Using Fukuoka City’s established status since May 2014 as the National Strategic Special Zone for Global Start-ups and Job Creation, is implementing various deregulations and systematic reforms, including the Start-up Visa and corporate tax cuts for start-ups. He has been a strong force in leading Japan’s start-up movement and policies. Has also been active in the fields of tourism and MICE promotion, and has succeeded in earning Fukuoka the right to host the 2019 Rugby World Cup and the 2021 World Aquatics Championships. Adviser to the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games 2020. Member, Cool Japan Strategic Promotion Committee. 2017, first Japanese mayor to participate in the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting. Nominated for the 2014 World Mayor Prize, which recognizes the world’s most outstanding mayors (2014).