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8th Asia Smart City Conference

October 8-11, 2019

Yokohama, Japan


Mr. Shigenori Tanabe (City of Kobe) talks about the 500 Kobe Accelerator program and its impact on the city’s digitalization initiatives.

Organizers: City of Yokohama, World Bank TDLC, Asian Development Bank Institute

  • TDLC is an active participant of Yokohama’s Asia Smart City Conference, an international conference bringing together Asian city leaders and representatives from international organizations, academic institutions, and private companies. At this conference, city leaders shared their vision for growth as well as their current challenges and needs; private companies and academic institutions proposed innovative solutions; and international organizations offered programs to support efforts by cities and private companies. In addition, best practices around the world were shared as case models of smart city development. TDLC led a panel discussion on disruptive technology and city development. Leading Japanese cities from TDLC’s City Partnership Program (Fukuoka, Kobe, Kitakyushu, and Yokohama) introduced their recent initiatives using conventional solutions to urban challenges, along with solutions using disruptive technologies such as big data, artificial intelligence, and blockchain. Based on the presentations, participants discussed the possibilities and challenges of implementing disruptive technologies in city development. TDLC also made presentations in several panel discussion sessions including the “Role of Knowledge Hub for Smart Urban Solutions” and the closing panel.

    • Victor Mulas, Senior Program Officer, World Bank TDLC
    • Kazufumi Fujimoto, Director, Planning, Planning & Coordination Department, General Affairs & Planning Bureau, Fukuoka City Government
    • Shigenori Tanabe, Director, New Business Promotion Division, Kobe City Government
    • Emiko Murakami, Director of Business Promotion, Kitakyushu Asian Center for Low Carbon Society, City of Kitakyushu
    • Kosuke Adachi, Director of Policy Division, Policy Bureau, City of Yokohama
    • Yoto Eguchi, Director of 3R Promotion Division, Resources and Waste Recycling Bureau, City of Yokohama
    • and others

Event Details

  • Date/Time: Tuesday, October 8 through Friday, October 11, 2019
  • Venue: InterContinental Yokohama Grand Hotel, Yokohama, Japan
  • CONTACT: Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC)
  • tdlc@worldbank.org