Japan attracts international interest with world’s largest smart city event and exhibition

Thinking Cities
By Thinking Cities August 15, 2014 13:17

Japan attracts international interest with world’s largest smart city event and exhibition

The fourth annual Social Innovation/Smart City Week event (Yokohama – October 29 to 31) organised by Nikkei Business Publications (Nikkei BP) is developing into a international resource for problem solving and technology canvassing for Municipal Governments, future oriented companies and the experts and individuals concerned about the social implications for burgeoning cities, ageing populations, obsolescence of city infrastructure, energy security, the future of transportation, and disaster readiness and risk reduction.

“Smart City itself covers a myriad of issues and challenges for our modern lifestyle. Our goal is to outline and share the challenges of growing cities from the social innovation perspective and at the same time, bring business fully into the picture so enterprise can work together with government and citizens to create a win-win situation for all”, says Yosuke Mochizuki, Director of Nikkei BP Cleantech Institute which oversees this event within Nikkei Business Publications.

He continues, “Over the past three events, we saw significant growth of interest in how Japan grappled with the challenges of pollution, lower birthrates and ageing populations, disaster preparation and handling and how Japan works through these challenges to attain better living environments for citizens across the board. We have experts from around the world present on cutting-edge thinking behind city building and we want to convey that, for instance, the social issues faced in Cebu or Madrid can be similar to those faced by Tokyo or Mexico City. The issues might be at different stages or on a smaller or larger scale, but challenges are borderless and we can share so much when we come together to learn how to build a better future for our children via interaction at all levels. Following on last year, we expect more than 80 countries with 50,000 plus attendees”.

John Lawrence, a PHP certified engineer for a US MNC and a long-term Yokohama resident notes why Yokohama is the perfect location for such an event. “Yokohama is a port city of about 3.5 million people about 30 kilometres to the southwest of Tokyo. It is the largest and most ambitious of the Smart City demonstration projects in Japan. It won the World Smart Cities Award at the Smart City Expo World Congress 2011 and has been touted as an example of how to take an established city forward on the Smart City path.”

More information about Smart City Week can be found HERE.

Thinking Cities
By Thinking Cities August 15, 2014 13:17