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Innovating for an ageing society: insights from two Japanese smart cities
2018 (English)In: Inside Smart Cities: Place, Politics and Urban Innovation / [ed] A. Karvonen, F. Cugurullo and F. Caprotti, London: Routledge, 2018, p. 258-274Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The majority of smart city initiatives to date have focused on economic development strategies that deploy digital technologies to reduce environmental impacts. Such activities have been widely critiqued for forwarding the interests of private sector actors while failing to direct technological innovation towards specific societal needs. Focusing specifically on activities related to population aging and associated concerns of elderly health, this chapter uses two case studies from Japan to demonstrate how smart urban development can serve as a powerful tool for addressing social challenges. Japan is frequently touted as the fastest greying society in the world. This national crisis provides smart city projects with crucial opportunities to direct technological innovation agendas towards social ends. Empirical evidence from a community health centre in Kashiwanoha (near Tokyo) and a digitally-driven rural living support system in Aizuwakamatsu (in Fukushima Prefecture) reveals how smart technologies can be selectively incorporated into bottom-up strategies to provide social services through collaborative governance arrangements. The findings reveal how smart agendas can move beyond narrow techno-economic and environmental agendas towards concrete measures to advance public welfare, improve resident livelihoods and empower citizens.

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London: Routledge, 2018. p. 258-274
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-225665OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-225665DiVA, id: diva2:1195938
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Available from: 2018-04-07 Created: 2018-04-07 Last updated: 2018-08-08Bibliographically approved

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