On February 15, 2023, a ceremony was held to commemorate the establishment of the “Hiroshima University Smart City Co-Creation Consortium.” Inspired by the Government of Japan’s Society 5.0 concept and its Vision for a Digital Garden City Nation, the consortium was formed with the aim of realizing a carbon neutral and sustainable society.
The consortium consists of Hiroshima University, Higashihiroshima City, and 10 companies: SoftBank Corp. (TOKYO: 9434), Sumitomo Corporation, Fujita Corporation, Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank, Limited, The Chugoku Electric Power Co., Inc., Fukken Co., Ltd., Daikin Industries, Ltd., Satake Corporation, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. and IZUMI Co., Ltd.
By combining the managerial expertise and resources of these companies and the support of government agencies, the consortium will utilize the Higashi-Hiroshima campus, the main campus of Hiroshima University, to build a smart campus and smart city. The consortium-driven effort is also expected to enable local innovation by spreading results to surrounding areas.
As a partner in the consortium, SoftBank Corp. and its group companies will utilize their technologies and services to provide on- and off-campus MaaS (mobility as a service) using data-linked platforms, and a system that enables multilingual communication among international students and local residents. SoftBank will also aim to quickly build a framework that integrates both of these services.
(Posted on February 28, 2023)
by SoftBank News Editors