Planning for Smart Cities in Japan
A lecture by Professor Imura (The Global Cooperation Institute for Sustainable Cities of Yokohama City University)

Co-organized by The Japan Studies Association of Canada (JSAC) and The Japan Foundation, Toronto with support from The Dr. David Chu Program in Asia-Pacific Studies, The Asian Institute at The Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto: 

WHEN:  March 3rd in the
WHERE: Galbraith Building, UoT Campus, Room 120,  35 St. George Street
REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED – BUT!:  A rush line starting 30 minutes before the event, and will start to release unclaimed seats 10 minutes before the event.

Professor Imura is an expert on the initiatives cities such as Yokohama are taking to improve environmental performance, creating ‘Smart Cities’ by introducing innovative technologies and plans to promote efficient energy use, recycling and environmentally-friendly traffic management. He will discuss shifting Japanese perspectives on energy management and smart technology investment, not only for the creation of low-carbon cities and a green economy, but also for disaster recovery.

Hidefumi Imura is Professor at the Global Cooperation Institute for Sustainable Cities of Yokohama City University and Professor Emeritus of Nagoya University, and a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies.  He received his PhD in Applied Physics from the University of Tokyo, and has subsequently worked for the Japan Environment Agency, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Yokohama Municipal Government.

Professor Imura has a wide range of expertise covering domestic and international environmental policy issues, environmental technologies and economics in Japan, China, and other East Asian regions. His research centers on energy and material flow analysis of human activities in cities, life cycle assessment of civil infrastructures, and modeling of human and environmental interactions.


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Further information and a registration link can be found on our website at have attached a copy of the event poster in the hopes that you will be able to share this with your department.I thank you for your cooperation and support. Please feel free to contact me with any comments or questions.Regards,Siân JonesProgram Officer, Japanese Studies & Intellectual ExchangeThe Japan Foundation, Toronto2 Bloor St. E., Suite 300Toronto, ON M4W 1A8Phone: (416) 966-1600 x 225Fax: (416) 966-9773