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Y-PORT Center

Last updated date:2024/1/29

Providing Smart Urban Solution to Cities through PPP and dialogue


Establishing a knowledge hub for smart city management

The City of Yokohama, in collaboration with international research institutions, inter-city networks, and leading private firms in Yokohama, has established the Y-PORT Center to provide smart urban solutions to cities in Asia and the world. The Center actively seeks further collaboration with donor agencies, global think tanks and urban service providers

What Y-PORT Center offers

1. Providing best available urban solutions and practical smart urban management knowledge to cities in emerging economies.

2. Co-creating urban solutions through dialogue with private firms with cutting-edge technologies, cities, and global think tanks.

3. Enhancing communications with and gaining support from the government of Japan and donor agencies in the area of smart urban development.

Outline of Y-PORT Center

  1. Inauguration
    25th May 2015
  2. Partners
    Yokohama Urban Solution Alliance (YUSA)
    JFE Engineering Corporation(外部サイト)
    Chiyoda Corporation(外部サイト)
    Hitachi, Ltd.(外部サイト)
    Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)(外部サイト)
    CITYNET Yokohama Project Office(外部サイト)
    City of Yokohama
  3. Prospectus(PDF:73KB)
  4. Special Adviser for Y-PORT Center

Prof. Ryokichi Hirono, Professor Emeritus, Seikei University
Dr. Bindu N. Lohani, Former Vice President, Asisa Development Bank
Prof. Hiroshi Nagaoka, Professor, Tokyo City University
Ms. Mary Jane Ortega, Special Adviser, CITYNET
Dr. Ani Dasgupta, Global Director, World Resoueses Insrtitute (WRI)
Dr. Alfonzo Vegara, President, Fundación Metrópoli

Proposed Functions of Y-PORT Center

Formulating the market for environmental technologies through institutional development in emerging economies

  • Supporting Master Plan formulation for cities in collaboration with JICA, ADB, etc.
  • Building appropriate regulation and human resources in cities by leveraging Yokohama’s urban development experience
  • Incorporating upstream approaches into the master plan policies

Creating smart urban solutions through co-creation among cities and private firms

  • Fine-tuning business plans through arranging feasibility studies and demonstrations
  • Developing comprehensive package solutions for cities
  • Co-creating "Best Available Solutions” with diverse affiliated organizations

Understanding emerging urban needs and providing information for technical development and assistance

  • Providing comprehensive information on the needs of cities in emerging economies to private firms
  • Recognizing local needs and conducting joint field studies
  • Creating business matching opportunities through Y-PORT Workshops, local seminars, etc.

Introducing technology of private firms in Yokohama to cities in emerging economies

  • Promoting technologies possessed by private firms in Yokohama to cities
  • Creating business matching opportunities through Y-PORT Workshops, local seminars, etc.
  • Collaborating with private firms to dispatch smart infrastructure solutions

Establishing an international network through enhancing and capitalizing on Yokohama’s global brand

  • Sharing with the international community through gatherings such as the Asia Smart Cities Conference
  • Publicizing information proactively to raise Yokohama’s name recognition and strengthen its widely praised brand value
  • Encouraging ongoing inter-city cooperation through the Asia Smart City Alliance

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