03 Oct '16, 8am

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Municipal governments in Japan rely on the private sector’s business savvy and technology expertise to fill knowledge gaps for “smart” city initiatives. Priyankar Bhunia reports for OpenGov that four such projects funded by the Japanese government featured private-sector collaboration. OpenGov discussed Japan’s approach to smart cities with Dr. Masaru Yarime , professor of science, technology and innovation governance at the University of Tokyo’s Graduate School of Public Policy. For each of the projects, consortiums were created to match local governments with companies. The emphasis is on retrofitting existing infrastructure rather than building new cities. Yokohama introduced electric vehicles and renewable energy over a large swath of the city, the article says. Four thousand residences were equipped with home energy-management systems that help owners conserve and low...

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