Late last year, Japanese government announced a policy aimed at achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.
On December 9, 2020, Toyota Motor East Japan’s (TMEJ) Higashi-Fuji plant ended its history after 53 years of community-backed vehicle manufacturing. On the site, Toyota will build a wonderful city of the future Woven City, the presentation of which took place at CES-2020 in Las Vegas, the author of the Bjarke Ingels project.
The spiritual essence (Kami) of the surrounding world in Shintoism, the spirit of kaizen (continuous improvement) formed three unwavering principles of Woven City; “Human-Centered,” “A Living Laboratory,” and “Ever Evolving City.”
“We want to weave the history of Higashi-Fuji Plant into the future of this town.”
February 23, that is, “Mt. Fuji Day” in Japan, groundbreaking ceremony marked the start of construction for Woven City. A city in which hydrogen technologies will be used.
These events make Japan the closest to the practical widespread use of hydrogen in solving multidirectional problems for human existence and activity, in contrast to other regions where the role of hydrogen is more related to the service function as a storage device for alternative energy.
Woven City can be viewed as a practical platform in shaping global directions for the development of hydrogen technology and as an example of the creation of new similar “colony cities” with widespread use of green hydrogen based on alternative energy. Perhaps now we need to think about the widespread use of new decentralized digital technologies in such urban structures as a new financial city-forming system with access to global interaction in this area.