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TDLC’s Structured Learning and Research Activities September 2017

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

TDLC is delivering various knowledge products in collaboration with Japanese and global partners as well as relevant teams and Global Practices in the World Bank. The materials document Japanese development approaches in specific thematic areas with the ultimate goal of applying them to Bank operations in developing countries.

The Case of Kumamoto Region: Underground Water Management

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Since the Shogun Kiyomasa Kato era in the 16th century, the Kumamoto region has benefited from an abundant supply of groundwater. Groundwater accounts for 100% of the water supply in Kumamoto, a figure that is much higher than any other Japanese cities. This Japan Project Brief (JPB) looks at the lessons derived from the Kumamoto region’s underground water management. JPBKumamotoWater.pdf

Learning from TDLC’s TDD: Technical Note on Smart Cities


This Technical Note documents the core messages from TDLC’s Technical Deep Dive on Smart Cities (SC TDD) held on Nov 14 – Nov 18, 2016. Key takeaways are: (1) ICT and open data enable a higher degree of citizen engagement both in developed and developing cities, provided appropriate application; (2) cities must consolidate investments in institutions and infrastructure to pursue innovation and competitiveness, laying the foundations for policies aimed at enterprise support, skills and innovation; (3) the importance of consensus on long-term win-win situations to build good relationships between the public, private, and academia with equally divided responsibilities. TNSmart_Cities.pdf

Japan City Profiles


The Japan City Profiles document and benchmark cities in Japan across multiple dimensions. Each city is allotted 2-3 pages where the basic demographics, characteristics of the city, and the history of the city are presented, followed by a table of development indicators and benchmarks across different sectors. The City Profiles will allow World Bank staff and clients to more easily refer to Japanese cities and compare them with their own situations. Japan_City_Profiles.pdf

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