SmartCity Partnership: Japan – U.S.

Organized by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Japan

Smart Cities address challenges in cities and create new solutions using emerging technologies. On November 4th, 2019, the Government of Japan and the United States of America released a joint statement on furthering the development of Smart Cities in the Indo-Pacific. Along with the cooperation of the digital economy between Japan and the United States to advance a shared vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific (FOIP), smart cities are one of the top priorities for this cooperation. Japan and the United States intend to share their cities’ experience and expertise with the ASEAN Smart Cities Network (ASCN) to further ASEAN’s vision for a more integrated and connected community, as mentioned in the joint statement.

This event will focus on the best methods for global collaboration and the deployment of smart cities, which could prove mutually beneficial to both citizens and society. After keynote speeches, panelists will discuss the role of governments, including local governments, the importance of the Public-Private Partnership for promoting smart cities with participation from governments, industries, and ASEAN countries. The panels will also introduce smart city initiatives by ASEAN, including ASEAN Smart City Network (ASCN), and discuss the possibility of cooperation among Japan, the United States, and ASEAN.
We plan to have a networking reception for all participants with Japanese food. Please enjoy Sushi!


5:45 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.

Networking and Refreshments  

6:15 p.m. – 6:20 p.m.

Opening Remarks

  • Mr. Mitsuhiro Hishida, Deputy Director General for International Economic Affairs, Global Strategy Bureau, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC), Japan  
6:20 p.m. – 6:35 p.m.

Keynote Addresses

  • Dr. Chris Greer, Senior Executive for Cyber Physical Systems, National Institute of Standards and Technology, US Department of Commerce
  • Dr. Masugi Inoue, Director, International Research Advancement Office, Global Alliance Department, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Japan

Additional speakers to be announced soon!

6:35 p.m. – 7:05 p.m.

Panel Discussion 1: Government Panel

This panel introduces the role governments, including local governments, play in the promotion of smart cities. Panelists will also discuss smart city initiatives by ASEAN, including ASEAN Smart City Network (ASCN), and the possibilities of cooperation with Japan and the U.S.

7:05 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.

Panel Discussion 2: Industry Panel

This panel introduces the current use, cases, and deployed technologies by the industry and future possibilities of smart cities. Panelists will also discuss how the Public-Private Partnership will work for better deployment of smart cities, the need for smart cities in ASEAN, and the possibility of private cooperation with ASEAN.

7:45 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.

Reception with Sushi bar, Traditional Japanese Main Dishes, and Japanese Sake

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