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Japan to Pick Disaster-Hit Areas for Smart Community Projects , jiji, 4/17/12

Tokyo, April 17 (Jiji Press)–Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry on Tuesday selected eight municipalities in the three northeastern prefectures devastated by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami as candidates for its smart community model projects.
The municipalities will compile specific plans by September in cooperation with private-sector companies and utilities. The ministry will then finalize the selection of sites for the projects.
The eight candidate municipalities are Aizuwakamatsu in Fukushima Prefecture, Kesennuma, Ishinomaki, Ohira and Yamamoto in Miyagi Prefecture, and Miyako, Kamaishi and Kitakami in Iwate Prefecture.
As there is only one candidate in Fukushima, the ministry will help two more municipalities in the prefecture–Minamisoma and Iwaki–draw up smart community project plans.
Among the candidates, the city of Kamaishi is considering power generation using waste heat from factories, while the city of Kesennuma is mulling reconstructing the seafood processing industry through demand management utilizing information technologies.

About liz

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

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