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Smart Town in Yokohama
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The Tsunashima Sustainable Smart Town (SST) Council and its lead organizers, Panasonic Corporation and Nomura Real Estate Development Co., Ltd., today revealed a concept plan that guides the development of a new smart town they plan to build in Tsunashima in the City of Yokohama, southwest of Tokyo.

The Tsunashima SST, at the site of a former Panasonic factory, consists of residential and non-residential facilities. Under the concept of “Innovating the Future Together,” private enterprises and the local government involved aim for an urban smart city, fostering innovations by exploiting synergies among progressive knowledge, technology and services. They also envision a town that brings together people who want a better future and makes their interactions part of a global network. The Town Development Concept has set targets for this urban smart city, including numerical goals, such as a 40% reduction of CO2 emissions (based on the levels in the fiscal year ended on March 31, 2006) and usage rates of 30% or higher for new energies1. Notably, it also stipulates the rules to manage the town’s landscapes and design, and those to help realize sustainable and comfortable lifestyles, as well as smart services, to ensure the town operates with unity and harmony as a whole.

The new forward-looking town will have a town energy center, a hydrogen refueling station and an international student dormitory. Tokyo Gas Group will install a gas cogeneration system in the town energy center, from which electricity and thermal energy produced by the system will be provided to other facilities. JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corporation will be involved in operating a refueling station of hydrogen, which is considered as the next-generation energy source, and promote hydrogen supply to fuel-cell vehicles as well as other initiatives toward a future hydrogen-based society. Keio University will open an international student dormitory designed to realize active international exchanges and collaboration with the local community through mechanisms encouraging student-led activities and practical efforts by researchers.

Supported by Yokohama City, the Tsunashima SST Council will contribute to the wide-area town development spanning from Tsunashima and bordering Hiyoshi, seeking to achieve sustainable lifestyles, towns, and societies.

Panasonic will strive to create more value from space and location by combining in-house and outside knowledge and technology through the company’s CRE solutions business, which, by utilizing idle land, aims to increase financial and business values and make contributions to the community.

Nomura Real Estate will develop a sustainable and attractive urban town by promoting its Hiyoshi Complex Development Plan that involves a 56,000 square meter site at 2-chome, Minowa Town, Kohoku Ward and linking this with the Tsunashima SST in the same ward.

Yokohama City supports this smart town project as a FutureCity, and will actively promote the development of a town that takes advantage of the potential of the Tsunashima and Hiyoshi areas.

With the City of Yokohama as an observer, the council, established in December 2015, consists of enterprises and organizations that promote the development of the Tsunashima SST, with the aim to open the town in 2018.

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Panasonic Corporation

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Panasonic Corporation is a Japanese multinational electronics corporation headquartered in Kadoma, Osaka, Japan.
The company was founded in 1918 and has grown to become one of the largest Japanese electronics producers alongside Sony, Hitachi, Toshiba, Canon Inc., and 3D. In addition to electronics, it offers non-electronic products and services such as home renovation services. Panasonic is the world's fourth-largest television manufacturer by 2012 market share.