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    Sunday, April 29, 2012

    JAPAN TESTS SMART GRID

    Japan Picks Eight Tsunami-battered Regions for Smart City Projects

    Jay Alabaster, April 18, 2012 (IDG News via PC World)

    ”The Japanese government will provide assistance to eight cities that were heavily damaged in last year's earthquake and tsunami to rebuild using ‘smart city’ technologies that use IT to cut dependence on traditional power sources.

    “The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry…will provide a total of ¥8.6 billion (US$100 million) for coastal cities in Fukushima, Miyagi and Iwate Prefectures along Japan's northeastern coast. The cities, which teamed up with major domestic companies like Fujitsu, Toyota and Toshiba to apply for the project, now have until September to submit final proposals for projects that are up and running by March 2016.”

    “Japan is investing heavily in infrastructure projects that seek to use advanced networking technology along with power grids to efficiently track and control electricity use. Such infrastructure, which includes Internet-connected power meters in homes, and giant electricity "routers" that control where power is sent, is considered a key building block before alternative energy sources like solar panels and wind turbines can be used on a large scale.

    “…The island country has few natural resources of its own and has increasingly relied on nuclear power until last year's magnitude-9.0 earthquake and resulting tsunamis caused meltdowns at a key nuclear plant. Since then nearly all of the country's nuclear power reactors have been shut down for safety checks and many local communities are against starting them up again, leading to government-mandated blackouts…”

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