The 9th Asia Smart City Conference

We regard “Smart City Development” as sustainable city development. It should raise the quality of life of citizens by promoting well-balanced sustainable development and making use of diverse and innovative technologies created by public and private sector partnerships.

Many discussions about Smart Cities have taken place on the international scene. Now is the time to move forward and take concrete actions based on those discussions.

The Asia Smart City Conference (ASCC) is an international conference that brings together representatives from Asian cities, national governments, international organizations, academic institutions, and private companies, aiming at establishing a knowledge hub for Smart Cities. At this conference, representatives from cities will share their vision for growth as well as their current challenges and needs; private companies and academic institutions will propose innovative solutions; international organizations will offer programs to support efforts by cities and private companies; and various best practices from around the world will be shared. Furthermore, we offer an occasion for participants to find new business opportunities.

We would like to announce that this year’s theme for the 9th Asia Smart City Conference (ASCC) is “Building smart cities aiming for carbon neutrality through city to city collaboration under the influence of COVID-19 .” Together with the World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC) and the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI), the event provided a venue to discover new business opportunities for private companies located in Yokohama, allowing them to promote their technologies for cities in emerging economies. Due to COVID-19, this year’s ASCC was held for one full day featuring main online events broadcasting from the venue with no audiences.

Main Event -Monday, January 18th, 2021- [Registration Closed]

Main theme

Building smart cities aiming for carbon neutrality through city to city collaboration under the influence of COVID-19

Date and Time

January 18 (Mon), 2021, 10:00am-18:00pm (JST)

Conference style

Online style

Co-organizers (Alphabetical order)

Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI), World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC)


CITYNET, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Japanese Government (Cabinet Office, MOFA, MOF, MLIT, MOE), Yokohama City University, Smart City Institute Japan


Japanese/English (with simultaneous interpretation)


Schedule Venue A
(EN/JP Interpretation is available)
Venue B
(EN/JP Interpretation is available)
Business Matching
(English only)
Business Pitch
(English only)
10:00 – 10:05 Introduction Always on
during the event
10:05 – 10:50 Yokohama Youth Event
10:55 – 11:40 [Thematic Session] Energy Management
11:40 – 12:40 Recess
12:40 – 13:00 Message from Mayor of the City of Yokohama and Keynote Speech
13:05 – 13:50 ADB and ADBI Session [Thematic Session] Solid Waste Management
13:55 – 14:40 World Bank Session [Thematic Session] Resilience (DRR)
14:45 – 16:15 [Thematic Session] Smart City 14:45 – 15:30 [Thematic Session] Wastewater Treatment
15:35 – 16:20 Climate Change Measures Session
16:20 – 16:50 Recess
16:50 – 17:50 Closing Session



The 9th Asia Smart City Conference Secretariat (Mitsubishi UFJ Research and Consulting Co., Ltd.)

Business Matching Y-PORT HUB(Digima)

Y-PORT HUB is designed as a platform to initiate dialogue and open innovation for future smart cities in Asia and beyond. Yokohama is pursuing this endeavor through a program called Y-PORT (Yokohama Partnership of Resources and Technology). Accumulated city management knowledge and urban service solutions by the City of Yokohama are combined with cutting-edge technologies of private sector firms are provided. In Y-PORT Hub some examples of these solutions are provided in the area of “solid waste management”, “water, wastewater and sewage”, “energy saving & smart energy management”, “urban development”, “disaster risk reduction”. This is the hub to initiate dialogue with solution providers

Y-PORT HUB is here

Pre-Event: YOKOHAMA WEEK- December 14th to 18th, 2020- [Registration Closed]

Pre-event for the 9th ASCC: “YOKOHAMA WEEK”

The 9th ASCC will be held with the theme of “Building smart cities aiming for carbon neutrality through city to city collaboration under the influence of COVID-19 ” and we will hold an online “YOKOHAMA WEEK” pre-event.[Registration Closed: Thank you for watching]


Monday December 14th to the afternoon of Friday December 18th, 2020


Free Admission (registration is required)


Japanese (partly in English)


International technical cooperation utilizing resources and technologies: the Yokohama Partnership of Resources and Technologies (Y-PORT), Asia Smart City Conference, Smart cities in Asian countries, Zero Carbon Yokohama, Carbon neutrality in Japan by 2050, Circular economy, Walkable cities etc.


The 9th Asia Smart City Conference Pre-Event1-① (Japanese only)
The 9th Asia Smart City Conference Pre-Event 1-②(English only)
The 9th Asia Smart City Conference Pre-Event 1-③ (English only)

Follow-up event -Thursday, February 18th, 2021- 【Registration Closed】

In response to discussions at the 9th ASCC Smart City thematic session, we will share knowledge and deepen discussions on the Japanese model for promoting smart city development.

Date and Time

Thursday, 18 February 2021, 15:00-17:30 JST

Online style


Japanese/English (with simultaneous interpretation)


  • Please download the speaker list here
scheduleThemes and speakers
First session 15:00-15:50“Business Opportunity to Participate in Smart City Projects in ASEAN Cities”
Dr. Alfonso Vegara, Y-PORT Advisor, President of Fundación Metrópoli
Mr.Shanmuga Retnam, Fundación Metrópoli Special Advisor
HASHIMOTO Toru, Director General for Development Cooperation, International Affairs Bureau, City of Yokohama
Second session
“Japanese Smart City Models in ASEAN Cities”
Mr. NAGUMO Takehiko, Executive Director, Smart City Institute Japan
” Human Centric Approach towards Developing Smart Cities in Asia”
Mr. TANAKA Wataru, Executive Officer, Principal Urban and Landscape Design, Nikken Sekkei Ltd.
“Smart city – aiming for a sustainable future of both city and architecture”
Mr. Victor Mulas, Senior Urban Specialist and TDLC Team Lead, World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC)
“Designing Vibrant and Livable Cities through Knowledge Sharing”
Mr. HIRANO Kuniomi, General Manager, Urban Development Dept, Consulting Operations Headquarters, Nippon Koei Co., Ltd.
“Development of Livable and Vibrant Urban Development in Asia Based on Japanese City Management”
Mr. UTO Masaaki, Professor at Tokyo City University
“Challenges Public-Private Partnerships facing in terms of exporting Urban Development”
【Panel discussion】


The 9th Asia Smart City Conference Follow-up Event
First Session “Business Opportunity to Participate in Smart City Projects in ASEAN Cities”
The 9th Asia Smart City Conference Follow-up Event
Second Session “Japanese Smart City Models in ASEAN Cities”(Coming soon)


Office of the City of Yokohama Representatives to the Americas “Global Sustainability Startup Pitch – Solutions to Global Issues by Global Startup Companies-” (Thursday, 18 February 2021, 10:00-11:00 JST)

10:00-11:00≪Introduction of Co-hosts (Japanese, no translation)≫
Mr. YAMASHITA Takanari, Chief Executive Director, JETRO San Francisco Office
Mr. MIYAZAKI Koji, Japanese Partnership Director, Plug and Play
≪Guest Speaker≫
Mr. Eric Kawabata, General Manager, Asia Pacific Region Japan, TerraCycle (Yokohama, HQ in the U.S.)
≪International Startups Pitch≫
World-wide startup companies

>Inquiries about “Global Sustainability Startup Pitch”