The Smart City Instiute Japan has been established.
As articulated in the Society 5.0 initiatives, installing smart cities in Japan has been one of the priority measures to resolve social and economic issues related to mobility, health, tourism, energy, environment, finance, government services, etc. Recently, Japanese diet passed the Digital Procedure Law to accelerate digitalization of administrative procedures of governments, which is expected to serve as an important basis for promoting smart cities.
Smart City Institute Japan (SCI-J) is a not-for-profit organization to be established in September 2019 by Mitsubishi UFJ Research and Consulting Co., Ltd. and Nikkei Inc. SCI-J aims to provide a membership program for public, private, and social sector organizations engaged in the development of smart cities in Japan.
SCI-J will conduct in-depth quality research report on the world’s leading smart cites through close collaboration with major universities and research institutions around the globe. Based on the research, SCI-J will organize seminars, symposiums, and business tours for members, support members build knowledge base necessary to design and implement smart cities.
To promote best practices of smart cities and encourage further enrichment of new smart city ideas, SCI-J will gra nt annual awards to local governments, companies, startups, not-for-profit organizations, and individuals who significantly contribute to advancement of smart cities in Japan. As a way of developing young leaders dedicated to smart city development, SCI-J will introduce smart city research challenge contests for undergraduate and graduate students in collaboration with members and sponsors. .
Applications from companies and organizations agreeing with the purpose and activities of SCI-J will be granted membership subject to board review of the application documents. (Application will start in September 2019)
Research ： Research on the world’s leading smart cities and produce reports regularly
Training ： Organize seminars / symposiums on and business tour to the world’s leading smart cities via collaboration with universities and research institutions worldwide
Award ： Commend excellent cases and organizations
Research Contest ： Challenge opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to deepen knowledge on smart cities
Membership Type / Qualifications
Full Member A： Commercial enterprises
Full Member B： Commercial enterprises with a capitalization of below 100 million yen
Associate Member： Startups that are less than five years old with a capitalization of 100 million yen or less
※ Recommendation by a Full or Associate member is required
Supporting Member ： Local governments, universities, research institutions, not-for-profit organizations
Annual Membership Fee
Full member A : 1 million yen
Full member B : 300 thousand yen
※ membership granted on a legal entity basis
Associate and Supporting Members : Free
Benefits of Joining Membership
* Excludes travel expenses, accommodations, meals, and travel insurance
Please use the form on the right for membership and inquiries.
Secretariat for Smart City Institute Japan, Social Impact Partnership Division,
Mitsubishi UFJ Research and Consulting Co., Ltd.
|Name||General Incorporated Association Smart City Institute Japan (not-for-profit organization)
|Main office||5-11-2 Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan (MURC head office)|
|Board members||Representative Director Noriyuki Yanagawa (Professor, Graduate School of Economics, University of Tokyo)
Executive Director Takehiko Nagumo (Managing Executive Officer, MURC)
Executive Director Yoshihiro Hirata (Senior Managing Director, Nikkei Inc.)
Executive Advisor Satoshi Murabayashi (President, MURC)
Executive Advisor Shojiro Nakamura (Representative Director, Open Government Consortium)
Executive Advisor Takao Kashiwagi (Professor Emeritus, Tokyo Institute of Technology)
Executive Advisor Takeo Kikkawa (Professor, Graduate School of Management, Tokyo University of Science)
Executive Advisor Daniel A. Levine (Senior Country Officer, World Bank Group Singapore Office)
Executive Advisor Mika Yasuoka-Jensen(Founder,Japanordic)
Executive Advisor Norichika Kanie(Professor,Graduate School of Media and Governance at Keio University)