To further accelerate infrastructure system exports, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) selected successful applicants that it will commission to conduct international feasibility studies concerning establishing specific details of the Smart Community projects in emerging and other countries.
As the demand for infrastructures in emerging and other countries in the world increases, the amount of energy consumed at facilities in such infrastructures has been growing rapidly. To address this situation, it is necessary to establish a structure for a stable and appropriate supply-demand balance of energy, according to the economic and social environments inside and outside Japan.
In addition, it is also important to make the most of Japanese technology’s strength to utilize energy optimally as well as take in the huge global demand for infrastructures, so as to lead to Japan’s dynamic economic growth.
Through uniting public-private efforts, METI has been actively promoting overseas expansion of the Smart Community projects so as to take in the overseas economic growth and thereby contribute to Japan’s economy, and has been offering support to develop infrastructures overseas, mainly in emerging countries, which will be bases for economic growth and a safe society in those countries.
2. Outline of the project
The project supports Japanese enterprises to conduct feasibility studies to develop the Smart Community projects in emerging and other countries. For details of the successful applicants for the FY2013 projects, see Appendix (in Japanese).
3. Future schedule
METI will promote feasibility studies under the project and support Japanese enterprises to develop their businesses in emerging and other countries. At the same time, METI will accelerate public-private efforts for infrastructure exports through such measures as holding intergovernmental dialogues and utilization of public finances.
August 2, 2013
Division in Charge
Information Economy Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau