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Nikkei BP Launched New Website for Public-Private Partnerships in Japan

Tokyo – February 18, 2015 – Nikkei Business Publications (President & CEO: Kohei Osada; Tokyo) unveiled its new website “Shin Komin Renkei Saizensen (Updates from the Forefront of New Public-Private Partnerships)” for reporting latest developments in “joint projects between the public and private sectors” that may hold a key to revive the regions in Japan.

Regional revitalization is one of the most important policies set by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and this year would be a test to prove the true worth of it as the Japanese government secured some two trillion yen for local economy stimulus in the draft budget for FY2015. Faced with declining birthrate, aging population, aging infrastructure, increasing financial stringency and other issues, regional municipalities need to incorporate the effective solutions provided by the private sector for boosting their communities.

The “Shin Komin Renkei Saizensen” website will cover latest trends of the so-called PPP (public-private partnership) projects and policies for “regional revitalization”, as well as private sector-led projects in public works (including area management, tourism promotion, and property development) and efforts to increase citizen participation in public decision-making. The new website aims to provide information for achieving a new level of future PPP, while performing independent research to explore the trends of local government approach.

The website is jointly run by Nikkei BP CleanTech Institute, Nikkei BP Institute of Infrastructure, and Nikkei BP ICT Innovation Research Institute. The contents include;

  • Feature Stories: Catch up on latest trends in hot topics chosen every month. The two feature stories for this inaugural month are; “Decipher the overall strategy of regional revitalization” and “Creating a bustling town—Reviving the area surrounding a train station”
  • Regional Leader Speaks Out: Interview with a regional chief who spearheads up-and-coming measures and projects. The first interviewee is Yokohama City Mayor Fumiko Hayashi.
  • Key Person: Interview with a project leader of a successful new system or business model, an expert who released the latest survey or study results, and other prominent figures.
  • Case Study: In-depth coverage on pioneering and latest examples of PPP that continue to bring results.
  • News: Latest news updated everyday
  • Glossary: Simple guidance on jargon in PPP and regional revitalization.

For further details, please contact:
Global Business Development Office
Phone: +81-(0)3-6811-8311
Fax: +81-(0)3-5421-9804

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About NikkeiBP

Nikkei Business Publications is part of The Nikkei group, which has newspaper publication as its main business and three additional business divisions of digital media, publishing and broadcasting under its umbrella. Covering a wide variety of specialized areas including business, computer, electronics, construction, services and medicine, Nikkei Business Publications, in July 2008, merged with its sister company, Nikkei Home Publishing, to also bring consumer magazines into its portfolio.

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