Mayor of Kobe

Greeting from the Mayor

The future of Kobe, on a secure path to growth

MayorAfter being selected in the Kobe Mayoral Election on October 27 2013, I have been appointed as the 16th Mayor of Kobe City. I will devote my heart and soul to Kobe, the city where I was born and raised.
Kobe is the sixth largest city in Japan, and is blessed with the mountains and sea, a picturesque cityscape, and beautiful countryside. At the same time, it is a city which has overcome many hardships, such as World War II, the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake, and financial crisis. The Kobe of today was built by the citizens uniting their efforts, hand in hand with the government.
I will nurture Kobe's history, tradition, and progress that were handed down to me, and as the people of Kobe have done in the past, I will take up bold new ideas and create a city that looks to the future. And I will do everything in my power to restore Kobe's lustre and to lead the city on a secure path to growth.
Working together with all citizens, I aim to create a "face-to-face local community". While valuing human dignity, cherishing individuality, and helping each other, let’s work together to make Kobe a lively, bustling city.
Kizo Hisamoto, Mayor of Kobe

Mayor Profile


Date and Place of Birth

Born 1st February 1954 in Hyogo-ku, Kobe City

Personal History

Attended Kobe City Municipal Kawaike Elementary School, and graduated from Obu Elementary School, Kobe City Municipal Yamada Junior High School and Nada High School
March 1976
 Graduated from the University of Tokyo Faculty of Law and joined the former Ministry of Home Affairs. Worked successively in various posts such as:
  Director, Planning Division, Aomori Prefecture
  Deputy Director, Hazardous Materials Regulation Division, Fire and Disaster Management Agency
  Director, Local Affairs Division, General Affairs Department, Kyoto Prefecture
  Director-General, Local Finance Bureau, Sapporo City
  Councillor, Cabinet Secretariat
  Director, Financial Management Division, Local Public Finance Bureau, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications
 Also within the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications:
January 2003  Director, Local Administration Division, Local Administration Bureau
January 2005  Deputy Director-General, Minister's Secretariat
 (Responsible for local administration/local public service personnel system and elections) 
July 2006  Executive Director, Election Department, Local Administration Bureau
July 2008  Director-General, Local Administration Bureau
April 2011  [Concurrently] President, Local Autonomy College
 After leaving the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications:
November 2012  Vice Mayor of Kobe
November 2013  16th Mayor of Kobe

Person he respects

Akira Shimada, Governor of Okinawa Prefecture during the WWII Battle of Okinawa


Wife, Yuko Hisamoto (Musician, and Associate Professor at Kunitachi College of Music)