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Toyota, Others To Supply Smart Homes To Disaster Area , nikkei, 4/11/12

SENDAI (Nikkei)–The Toyota Motor Corp. (7203) group, PanaHome Corp. (1924) and Shimizu Corp.(1803) will supply 1,600 smart homes to a new town to be built here for those who lost their homes to the disaster last March.

The team, including Toyota Housing Corp., Denso Corp. (6902) and Toyota Tsusho Corp. (8015), will in fiscal 2015 supply homes that can tap electric vehicles for power during blackouts.

The homes will be built as part of a 25 billion yen project led by Hitachi Ltd. (6501) and the Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp. (9432) group to build a town featuring solar power systems and smart grids on a roughly 34-hectare plot in the Wakabayashi district of Sendai.

Because elderly people will likely make up a large portion of its residents, the new town will concentrate hospital and elderly care facilities at its center. The NTT group plans to build a telecommunications network to allow residents to access medical services remotely from home. Sports, hot bath and other health-related facilities are also expected to be set up.

The town will host a terminal station of the Sendai city subway that is slated to open in fiscal 2015.

About liz

from the u.s., recently moved from kobe to sendai, japan, researching community-based housing recovery after disaster.

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