Gartner Research

Japanese Smart Cities are Driven by Disaster Resilience and Social Inclusion

Published: 26 September 2013

ID: G00255249

Analyst(s): Bettina Tratz-Ryan , Nagayoshi Nakano

Summary

Since the Tohuku earthquake in 2011, disaster resilience and emergency response have become the key governance aspects for new smart city projects. Japanese cities undergoing regeneration have developed a comprehensive set of best practices that should be leveraged by city governments globally.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts

Analysis

Impacts and Recommendations

  • Smart city projects in Japan will be led by today's critical issues of safety and security above urban innovation, sustainability or revitalization
  • Infrastructure resilience is a key issue for disaster recovery and should focus on maintaining energy and water supplies
  • Smart cities should solve urban issues by embodying social inclusion through a "mutual assistance system," that will also play a key role in the event of a disaster

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