Lecture: Planning for Smart Cities in Japan
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March 3rd, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm ESTCost: Free
A Lecture by Prof. Hidefumi Imura
Co-organized by The Japan Studies Association of Canada (JSAC) and The Japan Foundation, Toronto with support from The Dr. David Chu Program in Asia-Pacific Studies, The Asian Institute at The Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto
Please note that the venue has changed to Galbraith Building, Room 120, 35 St. George Street
Many cities in the world are undertaking initiatives to improve environmental performance. The ‘Smart City’ concept and approach are exactly in line with this challenge to make urban areas sustainable through innovative technologies and plans to promote efficient energy use, recycling and environmentally friendly traffic management. Yokohama and Kitakyushu are examples of cities that are actively working to become smarter. They are linking environmental policies with policies relating to economic revitalization, urban planning, health, and welfare, particularly post 3/11. They are also promoting cooperation with other Asian cities to share environmental management experience and knowledge.
Professor Imura will discuss shifts in Japanese perspectives on energy management and smart technology investment, not only for the creation of low-carbon cities and a green economy, but also for disaster recovery.
About the Speaker:
Hidefumi Imura is Professor at the Global Cooperation Institute for Sustainable Cities of Yokohama City University and Professor Emeritus of Nagoya University, and a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies. He received his PhD in Applied Physics from the University of Tokyo, and has subsequently worked for the Japan Environment Agency, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Yokohama Municipal Government.
Professor Imura has a wide range of expertise covering domestic and international environmental policy issues, environmental technologies and economics in Japan, China, and other East Asian regions. His research centers on energy and material flow analysis of human activities in cities, life cycle assessment of civil infrastructures, and modeling of human and environmental interactions.
Planning for Smart Cities in Japan – a lecture by Prof. H. Imura
March 1, 2016 12:30-2:00
UBC Institute of Asian Research Room 120
CK Choi Building 1855 West Mall