Leveraging the network with domestic and overseas businesses,as well as local governments, thatit has built and strengthened in Keihanna Science City since 2014, “Kyoto Smart City Expo 2021,”an international event,creates opportunities to make innovation happen. Thisyear marks the 8thyear of the event being held.
Due to the spread of COVID-19, this eventis scheduled to be held online;however,youcan participate ina variety of programs that were “co-created” such as smart city initiatives (promoted by Kyoto Prefecture), lectures and symposiaconcerning state-of-the-art smarttechnologies and services focusing on EXPO2025 Osaka, Kansai, Japan, and local government-led initiatives to make people’s lives more comfortable.
The advancement of ICT (information and communication technology) embodied by IoT, big data, AI and robots, etc., has fueled an innovative industrial structure transformation, or Fourth Industrial Revolution. Indeed, the government is also incorporating these cutting-edge technologies into all facets of industry and the daily lives of communities, with the aim of achieving a new society (Society 5.0) that balances economic development alongside the solving of social issues.
The Osaka Kansai Japan Expo will be held in 2025 under the concept of “People’s Living Lab.” Following this lead, the “Kyoto Smart City Expo” will be held with the aim of establishing a society living in “ultra-comfort,” a term coined for a “smart city” where various social issues will be solved utilizing ICT, etc., And, by achieving those goals, our “smart city” will contribute to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that are geared to establishing a sustainable, diverse, and inclusive society so that “no one will be left behind.”