Steering Committee

First Step Toward Concrete Achievement of Smart City Concept

The events held and implemented in Smart City Week 2012 will be studied, discussed, and decided by an “Advisory Board” and “Steering Committee” consisting of experts from local government entities and corporations. Program positioning and selection, etc., of key persons invited to international conferences, etc., is expected to elicit perspectives and solutions for sketching out new Smart Cities.

At Smart City Week 2011 last year, valuable information on the state of Smart City projects was provided by various lecturers from Japan, from Western countries, and also from emerging countries, and this information was used to present a “New Smart City Proclamation” to the world.

At Smart City Week 2012, specific examples of Smart City business that have already advanced to the actual business stage, and where they are headed, and business models in the Smart City market, are to be presented by key persons involved in Smart Cities around the world, and national and local government officials, together with thorough discussions. At the same time, the conference will be used to present to the world the shape of Japan’s urban recovery projects.

The Advisory Board and Steering Committee members are as shown below (in kana syllabary order, honorifics omitted).

Advisory board (As of June 5)

  • Masato Nobutoki

    City of Yokohama Excective Director for Future City Promotion Climate Change Policy Headquaarters

  • Yoichi Ishikawa

    City of Toyota

  • Toshikazu Matsuoka

    City of Kitakyusyu Chief Executive for Environmental Future City

Sreernig committee (Japanese aphabetical order)

  • Manabu Akimoto

    Shimizu Corporation ecoBCP Promotion Office, Technology Planning Office

    The Smart City is a town where ICT or environmentally friendly technologies are utilized to construct sustainable, efficient social systems and lifestyles, to improve the quality of eco life (QOEL) of the residents. The basic axis of the Smart City in each country will vary, depending on the degree of maturity of the social system. In the case of Japan, the basic axis can be considered to revolve around Resilient, Energy Policy, and Wellness. At Shimizu Corporation, we are promoting facility and town construction that improves comfort and fosters energy saving and power saving policies during normal times, and also ensures energy independence and fosters business continuity policies during emergencies. To construct a real Smart City, which is the theme for this year, attainment of continuity, economy, and well-being is important. Formation of a town management sustained by unified efforts of residents, local government, and business is essential. A model or system that can incorporate the economic merits of residents, local governments, and businesses working together to perform energy management and the provision of various services is needed. If the Smart City can be used to achieve the well-being of residents (a happy state with a high QOEL), still more drive will be applied its construction and expansion. We hope that Smart City Week 2012 can provide some hints for solving problems to our visitors, toward realization of a practical Smart City.

  • Takeshi Ishizaki

    Hitachi Ltd. Director, Business Innovation Division

    What do you think of when you hear the words “smart city?” Convenience for city residents and an environmentally aware balance with city infrastructure? Sustainable city-wide growth through economic activity? Preparation for natural disasters and other measures to ensure residents can live in safety and security? Discussion and proposals from many points of view are active. Hitachi is involved in demonstrations utilizing the latest technology, through participation in a range of smart city projects both in Japan and overseas. Hitachi has experienced both the dream and the reality of smart cities through projects in developed and developing economies. Smart City Week 2012 is a place for residents, corporations, local government and other parties involved in advanced community development around the world, to meet and share information and ideas. We hope active discussion will contribute to the creation of new networks, and new value.

  • Hisakazu Okamura

    IBM Japan Ltd. Manager, Smarter Cities

    We, the cities, government and society supported by growth of enterprises, are now facing to the time of a big change forced by another aspect like global warming or aging society. Whether if it is called better society system or Smarter, it is obviously clear that companies have to be with society for the goal.Having this Smart City Week 2012, we are especially focusing on the collaborated real execution for discussion. We will have several networking event with plural chambers of commerces with the event. Your visit to this event on execution and participation is highly appreciated.

  • Takeshi Kawaji

    Mitsui Fudosan Residential Co. Ltd. Project Leader, Product Planning Group, Product Planning Department, Environment Promotion Group, General Administration Department

    In the wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011, we have had various opportunities for reconsidering sustainability of various social systems. Of course, the energy problem has also been discussed from various perspectives. These days, the term Smart City is not just a technical term used only by a few persons involved in town creation and infrastructure creation, but is fast becoming a term in popular use. Nevertheless, in the Smart City field, it is a fact that we cannot really answer the question of “what value does Smart City bring to customers?” regarding the actual sale of homes to customers. Setting aside the background demand or state of the times, we have reached a stage of business where we can no longer hold off on clarifying what value can be added to people who will be living in a community called a Smart City. We hope that the many people coming to Smart City Week 2012 will join their wisdom and experience together, and clarify what customer value can be found in Japan’s Smart Cities, which now lead the world.

  • Nobutoshi Sato

    Meidensha Corp. Senior General Manager, Smart Grid Project Leader

    Realization of the Smart City requires cooperation in multiple, diverse sectors, including energy, information communications, transport, water processing, and medical. Among these various sectors, Meidensha, as a heavy electrical machinery company, can make a particular contribution to the significant sector of energy with our activity since the beginning of the 21st century in distributed energy (μGRID, etc.), including new energy. Since the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011, attention has turned to regional energy systems for both disaster-hit regions and other regions. Projects that had once been vaguely projected for the future are suddenly in demand for real actualization. In future, we want to utilize the results of various prototypes and tests to date, deepen the various discussions that require cooperation from various sectors, and move toward the realization of new energy systems.

  • Naoshi Nagura

    City of Yokohama Manager, Project Promotion Division, Climate Change Policy Headquarters

    In December 2011, Yokohama City was selected by the national government as a “Future City”. The aim is not merely limited to environmental problems, but also encompasses “a city where anyone would want to live” and “a city that all can actively use”, in consideration of the ultra-aging society that is approaching. The “Smart City” posited in “Smart City Week 2012” is a city that everyone actually living in the city, and the businesses engaged in business there, can feel “safe” and “secure” in their lives there, and surely this is exactly what is meant by the “Future City”. We hope strongly that this event will lead to deeper understanding among many people around the world that the Yokohama City goal of “Future City” = “Smart City”.

  • Yasuhiro Fujii

    Panasonic Corporation Officer, Associate Director, Comprehensive Solutions Division

    As we approach the 100th anniversary of our founding, in order to realize our vision of becoming the No1Green Innovation Company in the Electronics Industry, we at Panasonic are placing the environment at the core of all our business activities. As part of these efforts, we are combining the efforts of the whole company and working with our partners towards the Spring 2014 opening of our environmentally-friendly urban development project, the ''Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town''. At the moment, there are hundreds of smart city projects underway all over the world, and as each country has its own energy sisuation and lifestyle, each of these urban development projects is different. For these projects, partnerships that share the concept, such as collaboration between academic, business and governmnet organizations, or business consortiums, not to mention the residents of the city, are necessary. Following on from last year, ''Smart City Week 2012'' will be a great opportunity to discuss the concept and the futuredirection for smart cities with people from all over the world.

  • Tatsumi Miyazaki

    NTT Corp. Executive Producer, Energy and Environment Produce Team, Research and Development Planning Department

    Smart Community prototype projects are actively being promoted in Yokohama districts. And, beginning this year, a Smart Community introductory project was at last started in a disaster recovery district. In this recovery district, local residents, local governments, universities, and companies cooperated to start up a promotion council, based on the concept of creation of a highly efficient, compact town. Here, discussions are held not just in regards to energy, but regarding every aspect of comprehensive town creation, including nursing, medicine, and other administrative services. One of the most important issues raised has been creation of a Smart Community business model, and a fair amount of study will be required for management of this project. At present, various management businesses in each community are being studied, and cooperation between industry, academia, government, and residents is needed. In addition, cooperation with other companies, and development of new business models is also necessary. Furthermore, town creation planning must think not only about energy services, but also about incorporation of monitoring services using ICT, shopping services, and other residential services. We hope to make skilful use of the already well-advance Yokohama district prototype projects, and apply them to development of services in response to demands nationwide for local production and local consumption of energy, and in response to the aging society. The Smart Community efforts are at last moving into high gear from 2012. The main task for “New City and Town Creation” still lies ahead. Concrete efforts have begun in Yokohama City and in the disaster recovery areas, and we hope that these efforts will stimulate development within Japan and throughout the world, attracting attention in the global market. We hope that these efforts that started in Yokohama will be broadcast to the world.

  • Ken-ichi Yamagishi

    Fujitsu Limited Head of Smart City Promotion Unit

    The world faces an array of challenges including population growth, urbanization and environmental related issues. In Japan, on the other hand, the safe and secured resilient sustainable city development is required after the Great East Japan Earthquake, as well as solving existing issues such as exploring of a new economic growth strategy for the aging population and declining birthrate problem and the prolonged recession. Fujitsu’s concept of Smart City is that “Creation of the sustainable social value circulation and innovation by ICT”. In particular, targeting for the “Realization of Social Infrastructure ‘Smartization’” and “Solution for the Local Challenges through Discussions with the Local Community”, Fujitsu will contribute to the improvement of the lives of residents lived in a region, main players of Smart City and the creation of new industries and jobs in the region. The key point of Smart City realization is the Fujitsu’s capability for “Business Produce”,” Field innovation” and “ICT Solutions” for various industries and Fujitsu will have Smart City business operations in various regions utilizing the capability.

  • Yoshiaki Amekura

    Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Deputy General Manager, Growing Industrial Claster Dept., Project & Export Finance Dept.

    In emerging countries, there are many cases where urbanization has proceeded without waiting for development of buses, subways, and other transport networks, clean water and sewer networks, garbage processing systems, and other social infrastructure. Undisciplined expansion leads to an increase in tangible and intangible costs for the local region. We believe that making use of Japanese experience and technology to support city building in newly emerging countries from a broad perspective and long-term viewpoint carries great significance for both the partner country and for Japan. To ensure that a Smart Community is sustainable, services supported in the market need to be provided. In order to do this, we must listen to the residents and local governments of the partner country to grasp their real needs. In many cases, what is demanded is not so much products and technologies as it is businesses and services. Through “Smart City 2012”, we hope to grasp the needs of both the private and public sectors, and deepen the discussion toward resolution of issues

  • Masanori Ueda

    Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. Engineering Director, Planning and Advanced Engineering Development Division
    (until Aug., 2012)

    Electric vehicle (EV) is not just a clean mobility tool. It can be also used for energy infrastructure using its battery. Nissan Leaf is sold globally since its launch in December 2010. According to data gathered from Leaf's customers via 24hour-connected IT system, Vehicle is in a parking for over 90% of a day. That means a parked EV can be used as a battery without any impact on car usage?. Nissan has launched "Leaf to Home" in June 2012. With this system, electricity can be managed bidirectionally. And this will make it possible to shift the peak of electricity demand and use renewable energy more effectively. Energy management using EV is now in a period of transition to real business and that will greatly contribute to Smart City. "Smart City Week 2012" is a good opportunity to share knowledge and information globally and communicate progressive approaches in Japan to the world. I hope cross-border and cross-industrial activity will be further accelerated through this opportunity.

  • Seiichi Kanamori

    JFE Engineering Corporation General Manager, Development and Planning Dept. Research Center of Engineering Innovation

    Smart City Week was held for the first time in 2011, ending with an outstanding Smart City Declaration that defined the key players in the initiative as the residents and corporations, and called for improvements in quality of life. JFE Engineering is building the social infrastructure needed to create the environmental city, in accordance with that declaration, and offers a host of environmental products. There are limits, however, to what a single company can accomplish, and we feel the need for local and national governments to work together to realize the smart cities around the globe. Smart City Week 2012 introduces the outstanding technology of Japan, but at the same time is a place for discussion with authorities from around the world on how to achieve environmental cities. We are working with them to make this the gathering point for smart city professionals from all nations.

  • Haruhiko Kondou

    Deputy General Manager, Technology Planning Department, Planning and Advanced Engineering Development Division

    Nissan Motor Co., Ltd launched a pure electric vehicle, "Nissan Leaf",in December 2010. EV is not just a clean mobility but also an energymanagement tool, by using its battery. "Leaf to Home", which wasannounced in this year, is the first step toward the direction. Andsupplying electricity from EV to home, so called “Vehicle to Home”, isnow becoming real. EV can contribute to the Smart City as a key elementof it, in terms of the clean mobility and smart energy usage.At “Smart City Week 2012”, valuable knowledge and information aboutSmart City is gathered from all over the world. We hope the exchangedknowledge & information creates synergistic effects and accelerates theactivities toward real business.

  • Ikuo Sugiyama, Ph.D.

    NIKKEN SEKKEI CIVIL ENGINEERING LTD. Director / Visiting Professor Nagoya Univ.

    Industrial products like automobiles and cameras cannot function without microcomputers today. Through networking, many products provide significantly enhanced functions, and corporations incapable of evolving with the technology are failing. These trends are spreading throughout home, industrial, and urban activity, encompassed by the term “smart city.” The smart city is not an advanced technology merely for the industrialized nations; it is also essential in industrializing nations where economic and urban growth are causing increased consumption of resources and energy. Pilot projects are merely the first step toward the realization of smart cities, announcing the start of a new era where the smart city will be evaluated for its survival potential as a business. The launch of the smart city business does not mean a lower quality of life, but rather represents the start of a new era of competition, rich with the potential for reduced consumption of resources and energy.

  • Toru Hashimoto

    City of Yokohama Manager, International Technical Cooperation Division

    This is the second year of the Smart City Week 2011. I hope many people, firms, and concerned agencies would visit Yokohama and have opportunites to learn what we can offere here in Yokohama to ake our city as livable and smart, and other wisdomes and technologies available elsewhere in Japan. I hope to see you soon here in Yokohama.

  • Ryuji Maruyama

    Toshiba Corporation General Manager, Smart Community Div.

    “Committed to People, Committed to the Future.” This is the management philosophy of the Toshiba Group. In the course of our involvement with the Smart Community project, we have recently come to feel that this is correct stance to take in aiming for a Smart Community. The effort to create energy, store energy, and save energy is a framework that is kind to the global environment, and the latest solutions to transport, health care, and water, etc., link to creation of convenient, secure, and safe towns that are for each and every person, and that realize a sustainable society for the future. We at Toshiba are actively engaged in the Smart Community project, which is aligned with our management philosophy. Already we are involved in many projects both in Japan and abroad, and have the performance to verify and confirm Smart options in response to various local needs to various countries and regions. We are utilizing this wisdom and know-how to contribute to people and to the future of the planet.

  • Keisuke Yanagiya

    NEC Corp. Department Manager, Smart City Promotion Office, Business Incubation Division

    The city and the living environment of the people there continually changes. First is the stage when the city is being built, and next is the stage when the city facilities are complete and the aim is to fulfill the lives the people, and this is followed by the stage where people have been living in the city for a long time, and various new issues have arisen that need to be overcome, in urban redevelopment. NEC utilizes ICT technology for city evolution, to contribute to realization of a Smart City = “Evolving City” where the quality of city life is ensured to go beyond the current generation, with a permanence that coexists with the environment, and is secure and safe. For this purpose, we provide the ICT framework for sensing the city’s overall conditions and changes, and taking the initiative to forecast the future. “Smart City Week 2012” is an excellent opportunity enabling a more concrete understanding, dialogue, and interchange regarding Smart City issues and efforts from the standpoints of various groups, local government entities, and companies. We are looking forward to discussing with everyone the role of ICT in the Smart City, and its future expectations.

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