INITIATIVESWhat is going on in the Smart City?
Working on health
01A city where everyone, from children to the elderly, is healthy and fit
Presently, Japan is seeing the arrival of a rapidly-aging society which is unprecedented in the world.
We are engaged with community development so that everyone can enjoy a safe and healthy life in a familiar city along with retirees who are leveraging their skills and knowledge to participate in our society.
02A city where information about health is collected
The entire third floor of LaLaport Kashiwanoha’s North Building serves as the Town Health Station where health service facilities are concentrated.
This symbolizes the City of Health and Longevity. Facilities which include A-Shi-Ta the name of which is made up with the first letters of “aruku” (to walk), “shaberu”(to talk), and “taberu”(to eat).
The Town’s health research center provides information regarding health and service to promote health free of charge.
03A city that makes you want to walk
The Kashiwa-no-ha Campus is surrounded by nature which makes it an ideal place not only for jogging but also for taking a stroll.
We have therefore collected cases of community development which show a link to the improvement in walkability from inside and outside of Japan to produce the walkable design guidelines for Kashiwa-no-ha. We have also launched a Kashiwa-no-ha road map guide web page where you can view walking/jogging courses—including those contained in the guidelines.
The web page also provides guidance. Additionally, we have the joggers’ station near the station, so you will have no problem with changing and showering.
04A city where you will have fun working
This service collects information about job vacancies within the 3 km radius from the Kashiwa-no-ha Campus Station so that Kashiwa-no-ha residents can “live actively.”
The Kashiwa-no-ha Campus Smart City anticipates a population of 26,000 residents and a working population of 15,000 in 2030.
We have started this service in order to contribute to the further enhancement of theresidents’ work environments and lifestyles by proposing a way of either working from home or working close to one’s home is a possibility.
05A city that supports parents
Park City Kashiwa-no-ha Campus, the Gate Tower West, is a large-scale block of rental flats that has a variety of facilities that supports parents.
There is a nursery, an after-school childcare facility, a pediatrician’s clinic, and care facilities for recuperating sick children.
These facilities are located in the building or on the site and are open to everyone in the city as well as to the residents of Gate Tower West.
06A city that supports health through daily “eating”
“LOCABO” enables you to eat as your heart contents and to be healthy.
The LOCABO approach limits the amount of one’s carbohydrate intake per meal at 20 g to 40 g and the total amount of carbohydrate intake per day at 70 g up to a maximum of 130 g. Carbohydrate restriction is a dietary measure to prevent high-blood sugar or significant oscillations in blood sugar.
If you are taking in the same number of calories but with a lower carbohydrate intake, your blood sugar is less likely to rise.
You can eat anything other than staples and sweets with a lot of carbohydrates to your heart’s content without worrying about calories. Practicing LOCABO leads to the prevention of lifestyle diseases and we can expect improvement in blood sugar level, blood pressure, and hyperlipidemia.
Notably, Kakedashi Yokocho, which is situated under the raised railway at the Kashiwa-no-ha Campus Station offers LOCABO menus.
Kashiwa-no-ha is home to many communities and projects that are based on health
A futuristic city that brings people and the environment into harmony
At Kashiwa-no-ha, we aim to build a futuristic city that harmonizes people and the environment.
We take advantage of the abundant natural resources to save, create, and store energy while deploying next-generation transportation systems and greenery programs to maintain secure lifelines—even during disasters.
01A city that harnesses energy efficiency
Kashiwa-no-ha Smart City optimizes energy usage for the entire city.
AEMS plays a pivotal role in this framework, drawing on an independently operated power grid, thus enabling area expansion as well as enhancing functions.
This system was designed to contribute to the “smart grid” progress that underpins lifestyles and innovations.
The role of this facility includes overseeing energy operations for the area and managing energy information during disasters.
The center monitors electricity usage in residences, commercial facilities, offices, and other locations and disseminates information to help people living and working in the area effectively conserve energy.
The center also ensures electricity sharing following disasters. The complete oversight of this facility helps to make the city more environmentally friendly.
We began operating a smart grid that shares solar, storage cell, and other distributed energy sources among the districts.
We cut peak electricity consumption for the entire town by sharing electricity from an electric power company and distributed power between districts through private transmission lines. As daytime office electricity consumption increases on weekdays, LaLaport Kashiwanoha supplies power to Gate Square.
On holidays, when the power demand of the shopping facility increases, Gate Square conversely supplies power to LaLaport Kashiwanoha. This approach has enabled us to lower peak consumption by 26%, thereby conserving energy and reducing carbon dioxide emissions.
We ensure security by drawing on renewable energy and storage batteries that can manage energy effectively during disasters. This setup makes it possible to deploy business and life continuity plans.
In the event of a power outage, Gate Square can supply 60% of the normal power requirements and maintain the supply for three days.
It can also power emergency elevators, lights, and common areas in residential buildings. Additionally, water can be sourced through groundwater pumps.
02A city materializing the energy-conserving lifestyle
HEMS displays energy consumption so residents can become more aware of their contributions to power conservation, thereby fostering environmentally friendly lifestyles.
Dedicated tablets, personal computers, smartphones, and other devices display carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) emissions from residences. This setup uses artificial intelligence for purposes such as advising on energy usage and ranking the effectiveness of energy-saving approaches.
HEMS enhances disaster management through its demand response function, which solicits residents' help in using less power during emergencies. Residents can control lighting and air conditioning settings while they are away from home. (GateSquare at Park Axis, Kashiwa-no-ha)
03CO2 reduction roadmap
We formulated a roadmap that constitutes a long-term vision for reducing CO2 emissions while increasing comfort. While keeping track of technological advances, we have embarked on steps to minimize our carbon footprint by lowering emissions by 60% by 2030.
Sustainable design reduces a dependence on electricity and other artificial energy sources by harnessing natural heat and air to lower the ecological impact.
Two Gate Square buildings encapsulate Japan’s world-leading green building technology. By combining the sustainable design and AEMS for each building in Gate Square, we reduced CO 2 emissions from these two buildings by about 40%, and lowered emissions for the shops and office buildings by about 50%.
05A town that taps renewable and unused energy sources
We use solar panels, wind power equipment, well and rain water, and other renewable sources of energy.
We aim to slash CO2 emissions by drawing on waste biogas, exhaust heat from cogeneration systems, and other untapped energy sources.
Creating new industries that enhance living
It is essential to create new industries to develop and revitalize the Japanese economy. The area close to the Tsukuba Express Line near Kashiwa-no-ha has a concentration of diverse academic and research institutions as well as incubation facilities.
We will draw on the potential of this area to cultivate and support promising new industries from every possible perspective.
01A city bringing together sophisticated people and information
KOIL is an office space that serves as the foundation for more creative businesses, the generation of ideas from the exchanges between diverse people, and the sharing of the latest information as well as the acceleration of development.
We leverage a network that includes start-up support experts and entrepreneurs in Japan and abroad who will foster new businesses and research areas.
02A city giving entrepreneurs access to the world
TEP was established in 2009 as a leader in supporting start-ups through collaborations with universities, research institutes, government organizations, private businesses, and individual experts active along the Tsukuba Express railway line.
03Asia’s innovation eco-system
Asian Entrepreneurship Award（AEA）
This is an international business competition that brings young Asianentrepreneurs together in Japan.
04IoT Business Co-Creation Lab
Working with private businesses, governmental organizations, and research institutions, Kashiwa-no-ha IoT Business Co-Creation Lab makes the most of the Internet of things (IoT) communication environment built along the Tsukuba Express line with its center in the Kashiwa-no-ha Campus to spread IoT in the neighboring areas and to create IoT-related business opportunities and collaborations.
05Innovation Field Kashiwa-no-ha
This field is a verification test platform that accepts all verification projects taking place in Kashiwa-no-ha.
In this compact town where all of the facilities are concentrated within a 3 km radius, it accepts a variety of verification tests—regardless of the size and type of the business–in the categories of AI/IoT and life sciences/medicine in order to have them work together and create new products and services.