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In recent years, a considerable number of examples of successfully monetized smart city businesses have emerged, particularly in Europe and the US. In Japan, however, very few examples of monetized, sustainable smart city businesses exist. The failure to find a business model that can be monetized would be a major problem for both companies and local governments. In order to help tackle this issue, Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise) lawyers Yaeko Hodaka and Keisuke Misuda, together with the World Economic Forum (WEF), prepared a video titled "Smart City Business Models: Factors Hindering Sustainable Commercialization and How They Can Be Overcome."

This 45-minute video features Yuta Hirayama, Project Leader of the Smart City Team from the World Economic Forum Japan Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, with WEF C4IR Fellow Yaeko Hodaka acting as moderator and Keisuke Misuda participating as a project finance expert.

The video covers topics such as:

  • Current situation in Japan and best practices from overseas
  • Factors hindering monetization (e.g., allocation of initial costs, preconditions for joint use of infrastructure, etc.)
  • Feasible solutions