Shoya Okinaga: Japan mountain retreat anointed as new smart city

30/05/2020 - 08:53

KOBE, Japan -- A picturesque vacation getaway in the western Japanese city of Kobe has been named the site of a planned smart city as the pandemic stirs interest in country living.


"With the coronavirus outbreak, people are starting to feel the limitations of working in Tokyo," Kobe Mayor Kizo Hisamoto said. "There's been more interest in a slower-paced life outside the confines of the city."