2011

December 22, 2011
Designation As One of "Future City" Initiative Projects

On December 22, "Kesen Regional Future City Project", a joint proposal by the Forum for East Japan Smart City Project, Ofunato City, Rikuzentakata City and Town of Sumita, was selected as one of the several projects to be supported by the Government.
> View related article (Ofunato City Newspage, Japanese only)
> View details ("Future City" Initiative Webpage)

December 8, 2011
CEO Kimikazu Uemura Appointed as Special Advisor to the MLIT

Kimikazu Uemura, CEO of Index Consulting, was appointed Special Advisor to the Senior Parliamentary Policy Unit of Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. Uemura will take part in projects to regenerate Japan and deepen cooperation between each governmental ministries and the private sector.
> View news release (MLIT News Release, Japanese only)
> View related article (Kentsu Shinbun, Japanese only)

November 5, 2011
"Town and Community Development Symposium in Senboku Newtown"

Task Force on Obsolescing Mansions (CEO Kimikazu Uemura as Vice-Chairman) joint hosted "Town and Community Development Symposium in Senboku Newtown" on November 5, 2011. The event was a success, attracting close to 1,000 participants.
>View photos (Task Force on Obsolescing Mansions Website, Japanese only)
Co-hosts: Secondary Battery Research Group, Forum for East Japan Smart City Project, NPO Wakakusa

October 10, 2011
Proposal to "Future City" Initiative

Forum for East Japan Smart City Project (Kimikazu Uemura, CEO of Index Consulting, as Head of Executive Office) has made a joint proposal with Ofunato City, Rikuzentakata City and Town of Sumita to the Cabinet Office's funding program, the "Future City" Initiative. The proposal aims to rebuild the disaster struck Kesen Region and to achieve a "Future City" by making use of past experiences in Project Management.
>View project website (Regional Revitalization Office, "Future City" Initiative Website)

September 15, 2011
"Task Force on Obsolescing Mansions", Courtesy Visit to MLIT Minister Takeshi Maeda

Kimikazu Uemura, CEO of Index Consulting and vice-chairman of "Task Force on Obsolescing Mansions", along with Chairman Takeo Shiina and other members of the board visited the Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Takeshi Maeda to make an appeal for urgent countermeasures against increasing number of obsolescing "mansions" or condominiums (individually owned apartments). Megumu Tsuji, Chairman and Yasuko Komiyama, Execucutive Director of "Federation of Diet Members on Countermeasures for Obsolescing Condomeniums and Public Housing (Democratic Party of Japan)"
>View details (Task Force on Obsolescing Mansions Website, Japanese only)

September 12, 2011
"The Starting of a Storage Battery Industry at Disaster Area", Nikkei Business Online; Updated Sept 12,2011

A think-tank "Forum for East Japan Smart City Project" (Kimikazu Uemura, CEO of Index Consulting as Head Executive Officer) is introduced in an article about its ongoing project "Smart City Initiative" under an alliance with Rikuzentakata City, Ofunato City and the Town of Sumita. Mr. Uemura's comment is also given in this article.
"Forum for East Japan Smart City Project" is a think-tank established to reconstruct the devastated cities of Eastern Japan as a Smart City creating a harmony of human and nature. (Prof. Hideaki Miyata of Tokyo University as Secretary General)
>View article ("The Starting of a Storage Battery Industry at Disaster Area", Nikkei Business Online; Updated Sept 12,2011, Japanese version only available)
(http://business.nikkeibp.co.jp/article/topics/20110908/222530/?top_upd)

July 26, 2011
"Denchi Dai-boom (The Big Break of Batteries)" Weekly Economist (Mainichi Publications, Inc.) July 26, 2011 Edition

Prof. Hideaki Miyata of Tokyo University, secretary general of think-tank "Forum for East Japan Smart City Project" (Kimikazu Uemura, CEO of Index Consulting as head of executive office), is featured in article "Denchi Dai-boom (The Big Break of Batteries)" Weekly Economist (Mainichi Publications, Inc.) July 26, 2011 Edition. Here, the forum's visions in reconstruction and the potential of secondary battery technology are introduced.
>View article (Japanese version only available)

July 6, 2011
Nikkei Business (Nikkei Business Publications, Inc.) July 6, 2011 Edition

Prof. Hideaki Miyata of Tokyo University, secretary general of think-tank "Forum for East Japan Smart City Project" (Kimikazu Uemura, CEO of Index Consulting as head of executive office), speaks in Nikkei BP's online article. Here, the forum's vision concerning the future of eastern Japan after the earthquake is introduced.
>View Website (Japanese version only available)

June 20, 2011
Annual Meeting of "Task force on Oblescing Mansions"

The annual meeting of "Task force on Oblescing Mansions" was held with Kimikazu Uemura, CEO of Index Consulting, as deputy secretary general on Monday, July 20, 2011 (15:00-16:00) at the Zenkoku Choson Kaikan. Here, emergency countermeasures (primary proposal) against the nationwide problem in rebuilding condominiums were made.
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June 17, 2011
Founded "Forum for East Japan Smart City Project"

A think-tank "Forum for East Japan Smart City Project" (Chief Presenter: Prof. Hideaki Miyata, Tokyo University) saw its founding directed by Kimikazu Uemura, CEO of Index Consulting on Thursday, June 17 (15:00 – 16:30) at the Zenkoku Toshikaikan. The former Prime Minister, Representative Yukio Hatoyama took the stand for a speech, along with Megumu Tsuji, a member of the House of Representatives.
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June 14, 2011
7th Meeting of the "Task force on Obsolescing Mansions"

Index convened the 7th meeting of the "Task Force on Obsolescing Mansions" at Toshi Center Hotel from 16F00`18F00 on Tuesday, June 14, during which past activities were summarized. Index's Kimikazu Uemura and Ken Hashizume, as vice-chair and research committee member (respectively), added their expert observations and opinions to the discussion. There were 51 participants in this open forum, including both formal members of the task force and various observers.
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May 12, 2011
6th Meeting of the "Task force on Obsolescing Mansions"

Index convened the 6th meeting of the "Task Force on Obsolescing Mansions" at Izumi Garden Conference Center from 13F00`15F00 on Thursday, May 12, during which various government housing development managers presented the successes and problems they experienced first hand in grappling with the rebuilding of their developments. Index's Kimikazu Uemura and Ken Hashizume, as vice-chair and research committee member (respectively), added their expert observations and opinions to the discussion. There were 64 participants in this open forum, including both formal members of the task force and various observers.
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March 31, 2011
Completed "PM/CM Method Guidebook -- Management Service for the Optimization of Construction Projects"

A guidebook introducing project management method for construction project owners has been completed by the PM/CM Method Promotion Research Group (Chairperson: Prof. Hideaki Miyata, Tokyo University). Although responsible engineering by general contractors is a method that offers smooth construction without professional knowledge, the project owner may think, "Could there have been a less costly alternative?", "Is the function/performance appropriate?", or "Is the ordering process reliable?" This guidebook gives an easy-to-understand explanation of the PM/CM method of how it prevents such unclarities, its merits and tips for utilization from the service receiver/project owner's standpoint. The research group, which worked to produce this guidebook, is an organization mainly consisting of academic experts and business managers that have been on the ordering side. It has been finalized after half a year of various discussions. This guidebook is strongly recommended to anyone who may want to consider adopting the PM/CM method. The actions taken by this research group has been backed by the MLIT as a subsidized program (Program for Environmentally-fit Constructions, 2010).
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January 26, 2011
5th Meeting of the "Task force on Obsolescing Mansions"

Index convened the 5th meeting of the "Task Force on Obsolescing Mansions" at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies from 16:00-18:00 on Wednesday, January 26, during which various government housing development managers presented the successes and problems they experienced first hand in grappling with the rebuilding of their developments. Index's Kimikazu Uemura and Ken Hashizume, members of the research committee, added their expert observations and opinions to the ensuing discussion. There were 70 participants in this open forum, including both formal members of the task force and various observers.
Click here to access home page of the “Task force on Obsolescing Mansions”