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Our Energy Future, Japanese Style via Who What Why

How smart is this town?
Recently, we wrote about Japan’s Prime Minister declaring his intent to move aggressively toward alternative energies. That story has not gotten proper attention in the West. (Though Germany’s surprise announced intention to move away from nuclear has.

If there’s any doubt that the Japanese can learn lessons from disaster (or, more correctly, have already been moving in a creative direction), this is it:

By 2014, Japan may be home to the most advanced eco town in the world. A group of 9 companies announced that they will partner in the Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town, a breakthrough development of 1000 homes built to be more energy independent than any other modern town. The project will be built on the site of an old Panasonic manufacturing plant, and with the intense attention given to Japan’s energy future after the Fukushima disaster the eco town couldn’t come at a more apropos time.

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