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Japanese Smart Cities are Driven by Disaster Resilience and Social Inclusion

Published: 26 September 2013

ID: G00255249

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


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.

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  • Impacts


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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