Japan's Smart City Week 2012 Exhibition Presents Business Matching, Networking, Learning Opportunities and Cutting Edge "Smart" Technology for All

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Pre-register for free admission to Smart City Week 2012 in Yokohama, Japan from October 31 to November 2. Exhibition features some 221-plus booths from both Government and the Private Sector, offering inside views on cutting edge efforts in this new, emerging Industry

Plans for record-breaking solar, wind and geothermal projects across Japan are regular items in daily news and firms from across the globe are looking for ways to participate in this new, cutting edge effort in Japan. In some ways, Japan is the perfect country to take on the challenge to truly balance energy needs with supply by fully utilizing domestic natural resources like sun, wind and ocean energy as well as the ability of the Japanese people to unite towards reduction in overall energy consumption.

Smart City Week 2012 planned from Oct. 29 to Nov. 2 will showcase key efforts by numerous firms to address current energy related challenges in Japan with a view towards inspiring significant advance in clean energy efforts across the globe.


Of particular interest is the exhibition from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2 where some 80 organizations, both government and private sector, will present programs, activities and technology currently underway. This exhibition will present Japan's proactive stance towards "clean" and "smart" living.

The exhibition is free of charge for those who pre-register (regular admission is 2000 yen). Exhibitors at the three day event include Kanagawa Prefecture presenting its Smart Energy Initiative as well as a Kanagawa Solar Center consultation desk where visitors can explore solar panel installation and learn about Government Energy Policy. Kozo Keikaku Engineering will present a comprehensive transportation simulator used in 90 countries known as PTV Vision as well as a new housing management system service called SMILE ASP. Sumitomo Electric Industries will exhibit high-speed charging cable systems for electric vehicles, SEVD-O1 which offers greater safety, functionality, longevity and design. Sekisui House will also present their advanced Smart Common City initiative begun in December of last year across Japan as well as the Smart House they plan to open in Yokohama's Minato Mirai area. Nissan Motors will also have its top-selling (some 37,000 units sold worldwide) Nissan Leaf EV on display and present how the high-capacity EV batteries can be used to support energy infrastructure for a smarter society.


Hitachi Group will present its numerous solutions and technology including efforts to address traffic issues and other city challenges. Another feature will be solutions developed to bolster BCP (Business Continuity Plan) in times of possible disruption with proven examples of its energy distribution and managements system. Mitsui Fudosan Residential will exhibit a vision for sustainable living via a product titled "Residential Smart" which the firm plans to introduce in all future condominium projects. The City of Yokohama, in its Yokohama Smart City Project, will also have a special section in the exhibition to present a vision for smart, compact, and low carbon emission city creation. The conference venue, Minato Mirai 21 itself, exemplifies unique initiatives pursued by the City of Yokohama.


As Conference host, Yokohama City will offer detailed introductions of both Government and corporate efforts towards realization of a smarter city environment. Representatives from IT, Infrastructure, Real Estate, Construction, City Planning, Re-usable Energy, Solar, Geothermal, Wind, Automotive and other industries will convene in Yokohama to network, business match and learn about plans and initiatives for a "smarter" future in Japan and the world.

Two Seminars (requiring pre-registration) of particular interest are the "Yokohama Day" on Nov. 1.

http://www.city.yokohama.lg.jp/seisaku/kyoso/yport/yport-e/ydayprog2012en.html that will show case corporations and government efforts in the actual Smart City of Yokohama where the conference itself is taking place. Meet Mayor Hayashi and network with key people from the Yokohama Government.

The other seminar is an International Meeting "What Town Creation Can Learn from the Recovery" to feature a day long review of how Japan's Northeast is recovering as well as interesting reports from the post-Katrina recovery in New Orleans. This one also requires pre-registration so act now before it fills.


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