August 24, 2021 Decision on Candidates for Adoption of the FY2021 Data-linkage-type Smart City Promotion Projects

The Cabinet Office, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC), the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) as relevant authorities concerned collaborated to make a public appeal for fiscal 2021 projects related to smart cities from June 18 through July 19, 2021. As a result, a number of proposals were made for the data-linkage-type smart city promotion projects within the scope of the fiscal 2021 projects.
MIC has selected nine candidates for adoption based on the evaluation of the proposals on the fiscal 2021 data-linkage-type smart city promotion projects by a Joint Review Committee for Projects Related to Smart Cities and decided to announce the same.

1. Overview

The fiscal 2021 smart-city-related projects use the Common Reference Architecture, a standard design concept for smart cities, as a reference. This concept is an outcome of the Cabinet Office’s fiscal 2019 project (Cross-Ministerial Strategic Innovation Promotion Program (SIP) Phase 2: Big Data and AI-Enabled Cyberspace Technologies/Architecture Construction and Empirical Research). Furthermore, the relevant authorities are working together under the agreement of a Smart City Task Force.
MIC made a public appeal for projects related to smart cities from Friday, June 18 through Monday, July 19, 2021, covering data-linkage-type smart city promotion projects. This public appeal was based on established institutions, including the Basic Act for Promotion of Public-Private Data Utilization (Act No. 103 of 2016) and the phase- II Town, People, Job Creation Comprehensive Strategy (the Cabinet decision of December 21, 2020). The targeted projects are expected to develop urban operating systems (including data collaboration infrastructure) to satisfy the smart city reference architecture and services, data, and assets connected to urban operating systems (OS). These projects will solve various issues faced by each region and revitalizing and creating local communities.

2. Contents of decision

As a result of the public appeal, the following nine projects were selected as candidates for adoption based on the evaluation results of the Joint Review Committee for Projects Related to Smart Cities*.

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    An expert panel established by the Cabinet Office, MIC, METI, and MLIT as relevant authorities concerned to solicit and evaluate proposals in an integrated manner (Secretariat: Secretariat for the Promotion of Science, Technology and Innovation, Cabinet Office).
Area of implementation Representative organization Project name
Sarabetsu Village,
Kasai-gun, Hokkaido
Sarabetsu Village Data Collaboration Infrastructure Start Project for Serious DX
Sendai City,
Miyagi Prefecture
Sendai City Smart City Promotion Project of Sendai City and Tohoku University by Introducing Data Collaboration Infrastructure
Sano City,
Tochigi Prefecture
The Smart Society Foundation (general incorporated association) Smart Society Promotion Project of Sano City, Tochigi Prefecture
Tsumagoi Village,
Gunma Prefecture
Tsumagoi Village Tsumagoi Smart City for Increasing Tourists and Related Population
Saitama City,
Saitama Prefecture
Yokoze Town,
Saitama Prefecture
Misono Town Management Association, Inc. Project to Promote Inter-sectoral and Inter-city Collaboration on Saitama Version of Common Platform
Kashiwa City,
Chiba Prefecture
UDCK Town Management (general incorporated association) Improvements in Usability of Kashiwanoha Data Platform (Urban OS), including Support for Personal Identification Cards
Toyono Town,
Osaka Prefecture
Compact Smart City Platform Council (general incorporated association) Social Implementation of Compact Smart City Platform
Nagasaki prefecture Nagasaki prefecture Project to Develop Infrastructure for Nagasaki-linked Data
Hitoyoshi City,
Kumamoto Prefecture
Hitoyoshi City Hitoyoshi City’s Construction Project of Lighting Disaster Prevention Alert System


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