September 13, 2019
The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) will hold a series of regional symposiums across Japan, aiming to share information with municipalities and companies taking on new mobility services and to collaborate with them. The symposiums will explain the selected areas and projects to be supported under the Smart Mobility Challenge Project and provide participants with opportunities for building networks, and thereby they aim to promote dissemination of MaaS across regional areas.
1. Purpose of the symposiums
In April 2019, METI and MLIT jointly started a new project titled “Smart Mobility Challenge,” aiming to support regional areas and companies in taking on solving challenges in mobility and vitalizing regional areas by implementing new mobility services in society., From April to the end of May 2019, the ministries called for proposals from applicants concerning regional areas and projects that intend to embark on the pioneering implementation of new smart mobility services in society. They selected 28 areas and projects to be supported under the project.
Moreover, the ministries inaugurated the Council for Promoting the Smart Mobility Challenge Project in order to share information with municipalities and companies taking on new mobility services and to collaborate with them. On June 21, the council held a Kickoff Symposium in Tokyo and now consists of 115 businesses and other entities and 77 municipalities as members of the council as of September 12, 2019.
The ministries will hold a series of symposiums by regional block as an effort for encouraging regional areas to take on regional efforts for promoting new mobility services. These symposiums will explain the selected areas and projects to be supported under the Smart Mobility Challenge Project as well as efforts tackled by member municipalities, companies and other entities of the council and will also provide participants with opportunities for building networks, thereby aim to accelerate and promote dissemination of MaaS across regions.
2. Outline of the symposiums
- The schedules of holding regional symposiums across Japan are follows (see Appendix 1 ).(PDF:6,993KB)
Expected participants: Personnel responsible for mobility and transportation areas in municipalities or companies, experts and the press
How to apply: If you wish to attend the event, please complete prior registration on the website below for the Smart Mobility Challenge campaign. Please note that closing dates vary depending on the venue of the symposium.
- If the number of applicants exceeds the capacity, the secretariat of the symposiums will strictly select applicants by lottery and send a certificate for attendance only to selected applicants from one week before the date of the respective symposiums so as to notify the results of the selection.
- Up to two applicants by association can be registered. Please note that in some cases, only one person may be permitted to attend the symposium as a result of the lottery.
- Observer seats will be available for the press. If you are a press person and wish to attend the symposium, complete prior registration any time irrespective of the closing date above.
- Information on speakers and other programs will be updated from time to time on the campaign website below.
3. Links to related websites
- Website for the Smart Mobility Challenges campaign (website for prior registration for attending the symposiums or other events)
- Smart Mobility Challenge Project Launched (METI press release on June 18, 2019)
Division in Charge
Project Team on Mobility and Future Communities and Cities, Manufacturing Industries Bureau