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CIAJ Announces A Proposal for the Early Establishment of a Platform for Building Attractive Cities Maximizing Potential of Info-Communication Technologies

2012-03-14

The Communications and Information network Association of Japan (CIAJ: a general incorporated association) announces a proposal for building an attractive city which maximizes the use of ICT. The full proposal (Japanese only) is available through the CIAJ web site.

As Japan marks the one-year memorial of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, there are many on-going efforts to rebuild the affected areas, but numerous challenges have surfaced in moving forward. CIAJ proposes the effective use of ICT in building attractive cities and emphasizes the necessity and early adoption of a platform (a common social infrastructure), which would act as a basis for building cities.

The Purpose of the Proposal

  • In realizing attractive cities which maximize the potential of ICT, building a platform which acts as the basis for efficient systems needs to be promoted with broad regional alliances and sustained as a viable business.
  • This platform would be the foundation for creative reconstruction of cities in areas devastated by last year’s earthquake and tsunami. Since positive economic impact and the creation of new markets to reinvigorate the Japanese economy can also be expected, CIAJ urges the early implementation, not only in the disaster-stricken areas, but also throughout the nation. This initiative would create attractive cities while stimulating Japanese industries, led by the communications and information network industry, resulting in the advancement of Japanese society as a whole.

Outline of the Proposal

  • As Japan marks the one-year memorial of the Great East Japan Earthquake, there are many initiatives underway for creative reconstruction of cities. CIAJ regards ICT to be the key in solving many of the diverse challenges in this endeavor, by linking the various components which make up the urban framework and assisting in the dissemination of information. By building cities utilizing ICT and the following six concepts, CIAJ believes a safer and more comfortable lifestyle will be realized, while boosting the competitiveness of Japanese industries and leading to sustainable business activities.
    1. “Cities that can withstand disasters”
      Effective dissemination of disaster information and allow quick decisions for initial action by decision-makers, realizing safe evacuation of local residents.
    2. “Cities where information can be protected”
      Convert important information, such as local resident registry, school enrollment records and medical information, into digital format and store them safely in a distributed cloud system to avoid loss of important data.
    3. “Cities that are ecologically friendly”
      Inexpensive and effective energy use and a management system to monitor energy usage will promote leading ecology industries to locate in the area and realize effective use of energy resources.
    4. “Cities with highly value-added primary industries”
      Integrated management of production, shipment and market transactions of agricultural and marine products will link producers, markets and consumers, preventing over-production and excessive harvesting.
    5. “Cities with competitive secondary industries”
      Realize reduction in distribution costs by rebuilding a more efficient logistics infrastructure and assuring distribution lot size, thus, promoting use of harbors in the disaster-stricken areas (Tohoku region).
    6. “Cities where communities recover quickly”
      Promote the rebuilding of commercial districts, provide efficient healthcare, nursing care, educational and shopping services as well as realize sustainable communities for mid to small-sized retailers in compact communities by harnessing the power of networks.
  • Proposing a platform for building cities
    Many cities, including those outside of the disaster-affected areas, face diverse challenges.
    CIAJ proposes building a platform acting as the basis for overcoming the present challenges and building cities which realizes the 3 “links” below:

    1. “Bonds (kizuna)” which link people with other people
      Linking the major players of a city – dwellers, businesses, local authorities. Support the creation of vibrant cities founded on people being able to link freely with others.
    2. “Efficiently” linking systems with other systems
      Among the numerous functions provided by systems, link those which can be shared and provide them as services. Streamline applications designed for local authorities.
    3. Assuring “continuity” by linking today with the future
      Support sustainable and upgradable systems linking planners, developers and users which serve multiple purposes.
  • What is a platform?
    A platform is a social infrastructure which can be shared.
    By sharing numerous common ICT systems needed in building a city and supporting diverse services and terminals, the entire framework will become more efficient. By making it possible to share information amongst numerous systems, applications will be given added value, realizing and expanding to new business models.
  • What are networks which support the platform?
    Networks supporting the platform are the technical basis for processing massive volumes of data quickly and economically. They should conform to the following 3 requirements:

    1. Robustness (Non-stop provision of minimum services at times of disasters and system failures).
    2. Flexibility (Able to combine numerous physical networks and utilize them effectively)
    3. Friendly (Anyone can receive necessary services whenever necessary)
  • Scalability of platforms
    Implementation of the platform over a wide area will enhance scalability, with additional benefits. Virtualization will keep expansion costs under control, decrease the burden of operation costs from user increase, assure business viability, provide redundancy with distributed systems, and realize provision of services beyond the region. Furthermore, packaged services will make it possible to expand businesses abroad, potentially becoming an engine for strengthening global competitiveness of Japanese businesses.
  • Impact on ICT use by implementing a platform
    ICT initial investment
    approximately 18 trillion yen
    Platform services investment
    approximately 10 trillion yen over 5 years
  • Revitalization of Japan, starting with disaster affected areas
    As mentioned above, the ICT usage impact from implementing the platform is expected to have a significant economic impact. The first step is its early implementation in the disaster-affected areas, providing strong support in their recovery, then, creating a model for expansion nation-wide to promote attractive cities which maximizes advantages of ICT use, followed by promotion of Japan’s ICT industry in overseas markets. Private and public sector cooperation will be vital in these endeavors.
    CIAJ will be an active player in its promotion and is working towards the realization of this proposal.

For details, contact

Business & Promotion Dept.
CIAJ
tel: 81-3-5403-9357 fax: 81-3-5403-9360

For more general inquiries, contact

Corporate Communications
CIAJ
tel: 81-3-5403-9351 fax: 81-3-5403-9360