Smart City Institute Japan  Smart City Institute Japan
What is Smart City Institute Japan? What is Smart City Institute Japan?
What is Smart City Institute Japan?

As articulated in the Society 5.0 initiatives, installing smart cities in Japan has been one of the priority measures to resolve social and economic issues related to mobility, health, tourism, energy, environment, finance, government services, etc. Recently, Japanese diet passed the Digital Procedure Law to accelerate digitalization of administrative procedures of governments, which is expected to serve as an important basis for promoting smart cities.

The Smart City Institute Japan (SCI-Japan) has been established as a not-for-profit organization by Mitsubishi UFJ Research and Consulting Co., Ltd. and Nikkei, Inc. SCI-J aims to provide a membership program for public, private, and social sector organizations engaged in the development of smart cities in Japan.

SCI-J will conduct in-depth quality research report on the world’s leading smart cites through close collaboration with major universities and research institutions around the globe. Based on the research, SCI-J will organize seminars, symposiums, and business tours for members, support members build knowledge base necessary to design and implement smart cities.

To promote best practices of smart cities and encourage further enrichment of new smart city ideas, SCI-J will grant annual awards to local governments, companies, startups, not-for-profit organizations, and individuals who significantly contribute to advancement of smart cities in Japan. As a way of developing young leaders dedicated to smart city development, SCI-J will introduce smart city research challenge contests for undergraduate and graduate students in collaboration with members and sponsors.

▶Please see the list of members here.

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Membership Application Membership Application
Membership Application

Applications from companies and organizations agreeing with the purpose and activities of SCI-Japan will be granted membership subject to board review of the application documents.

Major Activities

Research : Research on the world’s leading smart cities and produce reports regularly
Training : Organize seminars / symposiums on and business tour to the world’s leading smart cities via collaboration with universities and research institutions worldwide
Award : Commend excellent cases and organizations
Research Contest : Challenge opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to deepen knowledge on smart cities

Membership Type / Qualifications

Full Member A: Commercial enterprises
Full Member B: Commercial enterprises with a capitalization of below 100 million yen
Associate Member: Startups that are less than five years old with a capitalization of 100 million yen or less
※ Recommendation by a Full or Associate member is required
Supporting Member : Local governments, universities, research institutions, not-for-profit organizations

Annual Membership Fee

Full member A : 1 million yen
Full member B : 300 thousand yen
※ membership granted on a legal entity basis
Associate and Supporting Members : Free

Benefits of Joining Membership

Benefits of Joining Membership

* Excludes travel expenses, accommodations, meals, and travel insurance


Please use the form on the right for membership and inquiries.
Secretariat for Smart City Institute Japan, Social Impact Partnership Division,
Mitsubishi UFJ Research and Consulting Co., Ltd.


Name General Incorporated Association Smart City Institute Japan (not-for-profit organization)
Main office 5-11-2 Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan (MURC head office)
Establishment October 2019
Board members Representative Director: Noriyuki Yanagawa (Professor, Graduate School of Economics, University of Tokyo)
Executive Director: Takehiko Nagumo (Senior Managing Executive Officer, MURC)
Executive Director: Yoshihiro Hirata (Senior Managing Director, Nikkei Inc.)
Auditor: Minoru Sengoku (Representative, Minami-Aoyama Tax Corporation, Certified Accountant, Tax Accountant)
Executive Advisor Satoshi Murabayashi (President, MURC)
Shojiro Nakamura (Representative Director, Open Government Consortium)
Shuzo Murakami (President Institute for Building Environment and Energy Conservation)
Takao Kashiwagi (Professor Emeritus, Tokyo Institute of Technology)
Takeo Kikkawa (Professor, Graduate School of Management, Tokyo University of Science)
Daniel A. Levine (Senior Country Officer, World Bank Group Singapore Office)
Mika Yasuoka-Jensen(Founder,Japanordic)
Norichika Kanie(Professor,Graduate School of Media and Governance at Keio University)
Masato Nobutoki (Director, YOKOHAMA SDGs Design Center)
Noboru Koshizuka (Professor, Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies, University of Tokyo)
Masaakira James Kondo (Chairman, International House of Japan, Inc.)
Maki Sakamoto (Professor, University of Electro-Communications)
Kenji Hiramoto (Chief Strategist, National Strategy Office of IT)
Fumiko Kato (CEO, Wamazing, Inc.)
Mihoko Sakurai (Associate Professor, GLOCOM, International University of Japan)
Chizuru Suga (Head, World Economic Forum Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution Japan)
Anjyu Ishiyama (General Manager, Secretariat, Sharing Economy Association Japan)
Atsushi Deguchi (Professor, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, University of Tokyo)
Hideki Koizumi (Professor, RCAST, University of Tokyo)
Yuji Yoshimura (Project Associate Professor, RCAST, University of Tokyo)
Yutaka Matsuo (Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, University of Tokyo)
Hiroaki Nishi (Professor, Department of System Design Engineering, Keio University)
Seiko Shirasaka (Professor, Graduate School of System Design and Management, Keio University)
Yoshinori Hiroi (Professor, Kokoro Research Center, Kyoto University)
Yoshiki Ishikawa (Representative Director, Well-being for Planet Earth Foundation)
Yukiko Uchida (Professor, Kokoro Research Center, Kyoto University)
Naoki Ota (Founder and CEO, New Stories Ltd / Director, Code for Japan)
Takashi Maeno (Professor, Graduate School of System, Design and Management, Keio University)
Hiroaki Miyata (Professor, Dept of Health Policy and Management, Faculty of Medicine, Keio University)
Kazuo Yano (Fellow, Hitachi, Ltd.)
Melanie Davern (Associate Professor, RMIT University) ​