As an effect of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, Japan has sped up its projects for the creation and development of smart, sustainable cities. Since 2010, the country has been actively supporting projects in Yokohama, Toyota, Keihanna Science City (Kyoto) and Kitakyushu as part of its Next Generation Energy and Social Verification of Systems Experiment.
The initiative, led by the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, implies the adoption of technologies and infrastructures that support sustainable growth and the promotion of healthier, more economic lifestyles. It describes management systems that provide information about energy offer and energy demand for electric vehicles, and even instructions on how to set up smart grids, cities and communities.
Japan is publishing the results of these experiments in Japan Smart City Portal.