Co-Creation of Value Generated by a Self-motivated “Ba”—A Case Study of the Yokohama Smart Community

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In this chapter, I will analyze initiatives of the Yokohama Smart Community , which is currently conducting demonstration experiments of a smart city project aimed at achieving a low-carbon society . Promoting the development of an energy system “learned from a view of life found in nature,” the Yokohama Smart Community formed a consortium comprised of participating companies, universities and local government to put into practice a range of innovative initiatives. A characteristic feature of this consortium is the absence of a specific leader. This is because the Yokohama Smart Community is not a consortium formed by a particular leader to promote a specific initiative to be implemented under that individual’s or organization’s leadership. Moreover, while the local government of the city of Yokohama is involved, it is purely in an advisory capacity, so the Yokohama Smart Community does not have the character of a government-led project. Therefore, the participating members voluntarily take part in the consortium as they wish without being subject to any explicit or implicit restrictions or constraints of another organization, and they are free to withdraw at any time.


Energy System Smart City Thermal Insulation Material Fukuoka City Sustainable Energy System 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Commerce and Graduate School of Business AdministrationNihon UniversitySetagaya-kuJapan

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