An international event held in Yokohama gathered representatives from 10 major Japanese and other Asian cities to discuss the future of energy-efficient “smart cities”, the first event of its kind.
Smart-cities can be developed using advanced environmental and information technology, the participants said.
“Many Asian cities are beset by problems arising from rapid urbanization and population growth,” said Yokohama Mayor Fumiko Hayashi in his opening speech, according to Kyodo. “We want to strengthen mutual ties by sharing know-how needed to ensure sustainable development.”
The Smart City Week event is scheduled to run until Friday and a joint statement calling for the promotion of smart cities in Asia is expected to be released.
Officials from cities like Yokohama, Bangkok and Yangon, as well as from the Asian Development Bank, will be among those who will sign the joint statement.