Y-PORT Center

Y-PORT CENTER was established in 2015 as a platform to offer Y-PORT Project assistance in the area of international technical cooperation through public–private partnerships. In coalition with various stakeholders, by establishing new business schemes, we aim to solve urban issues in emerging countries and create business opportunities for companies in Yokohama. In 2017, we opened the Y-PORT Center  Office to further strengthen the functions of the Y-PORT CENTER. In response to the establishment of the Office, Yokohama Urban Solution Alliance (YUSA) was founded mainly by companies in Yokohama in 2017.

Proposed Functions of Y-PORT Center

1. Formulating the market for environmental technologies through institutional development in emerging economies

  • Supporting Master Plan formulation for cities in collaboration with JICA, ADB , World Bank etc.
  • Building appropriate regulation and human resources in cities by leveraging Yokohama’s urban development experience
  • Incorporating upstream approaches into the master plan policies

2. Creating smart urban solutions through co-creation among cities and private firms

  • Fine-tuning business plans through arranging feasibility studies and demonstrations
  • Developing comprehensive package solutions for cities
  • Co-creating “Best Available Solutions” with diverse affiliated organizations

3. Understanding emerging urban needs and providing information for technical development and assistance

  • Providing comprehensive information on the needs of cities in emerging economies to private firms
  • Recognizing local needs and conducting joint field studies
  • Creating business matching opportunities through Y-PORT Workshops , local seminars, etc.

4. Introducing technology of private firms in Yokohama to cities in emerging economies

  • Promoting technologies possessed by private firms in Yokohama to cities
  • Creating business matching opportunities through Y-PORT Workshops , local seminars, etc.
  • Collaborating with private firms to dispatch smart infrastructure solutions

5. Establishing an international network through enhancing and capitalizing on Yokohama’s global brand

Outline of Y-PORT Center

InaugurationMay 25, 2015
PartnersYokohama Urban Solution Alliance (YUSA)
JFE Engineering Corporation
Chiyoda Corporation
Hitachi, Ltd.
Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
CITYNET Yokohama Project Office
City of Yokohama
ProspectusProspectus (PDF: 61KB)
Special AdvisorsProf. Ryokichi Hirono Professor Emeritus,Seikei University
Dr. Bindu N. Lohani, Former Vice President, Asian Development Bank
Prof. Hiroshi Nagaoka, Professor, Tokyo City University
Ms. Mary Jane Ortega, Special Adviser, CITYNET
Dr. Ani Dasgupta, Global Director, World Resources Institute (WRI)
Dr. Alfonzo Vegara, President, Fundación Metrópoli