Tokyo ranged between 4th and 8th place on all six components of the Smart Cities Wheel. With a population of more than 13 million, it is surprising that Tokyo has been able to maintain a good quality of life (44th globally).
A View of Shinjuku in Tokyo
(Photo by Melanie Kraus)
Last year it was reported that Tokyo is collaborating with the private sector -- key to successful smart cities initiatives -- to create a smart town in one of its suburbs, Fujisawa. Specifically, nine companies, headlined by Panasonic, have joined forces with Fujisawa to initiate the pilot smart technology solutions for the community, ranging from a complete EV infrastructure implementation to smart homes and renewable energy supply to reduce dependence on nuclear energy. These types of holistic pilot projects can serve as a launching pad for citywide deployment of successful smart city experiments.
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