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.

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"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."

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