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May 1, 2013
Fujitsu Limited
Aizu Wakamatsu City Hall
Tohoku Electric Power Co., Inc.

Fujitsu, Aizu Wakamatsu City and Tohoku Electric Power Launch Smart Community Project in Japan's Aizu Wakamatsu Region

Tokyo, May 1, 2013 — Fujitsu Limited, Aizu Wakamatsu City Hall and Tohoku Electric Power Co., Inc. today announced the launch of the Aizu Wakamatsu Area Smart Community Promotion Project, aiming to bring about a smart community in the Aizu Wakamatsu region of Fukushima Prefecture, Japan.

To date, the three organizations have explored ways to build a smart community in the region in accordance with the "Plan for Revitalization in Fukushima Prefecture"(1) and the "Reconstruction Efforts Aimed at Local Community Revitalization"(2) initiative in Aizu Wakamatsu City. The aim of these efforts has been to bring about an environmentally friendly, low-carbon society; to revitalize the local community; to generate new businesses; and to pioneer the creation of an urban environment that is highly resistant to disaster and convenient for residents. Proposed as a project eligible for assistance from Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan (METI)(3), the three organizations launched the Aizu Wakamatsu Area Smart Community Promotion Project after receiving acknowledgement of grant funding.

As part of the new project, Fujitsu will oversee the project's overall management and will be partnering with Tohoku Electric Power to develop the Energy Control Center that will enable the utilization of renewable energy. In addition, Aizu Wakamatsu City Hall will strive to ensure power resources during emergencies by employing electronic vehicles, while also promoting the local production for local consumption of energy utilizing biomass resources.

As a result of these initiatives, the organizations aim to bring about a smart community by establishing a foundation for sustainably leveraging renewable energy in a self-sufficient manner. Moreover, going forward, the organizations will make efforts to deploy the technology throughout all of Fukushima Prefecture, thereby contributing to the rebuilding of the region.

An overview of the Aizu Wakamatsu Area Smart Community Promotion Project is provided in the appendix [28.8KB / A4, 1 page].


Glossary and Notes

Plan for Revitalization in Fukushima Prefecture:
This is based on the "Vision for Revitalization in Fukushima Prefecture," which was instituted on August 11, 2011 to lay down the basic principles and major policies for rebuilding Fukushima Prefecture. In accordance with the 3 basic principles and 7 major policies set forth in the vision, this plan outlines major projects and other related initiatives.
Reconstruction Efforts Aimed at Local Community Revitalization:
A plan that outlines projects by Aizu Wakamatsu City as part of the process of rebuilding from the impact of the Great East Japan Earthquake and subsequent nuclear power plant disaster. The plan also incorporates a vision for creating "Smart City Aizu Wakamatsu"—a robust, sustainable and resilient local community in which residents can live secure and comfortable lives.
Project Eligible for Assistance from METI:
As part of METI's Subsidy for Projects Promoting the Introduction of Smart Communities, a project selected for the deployment of smart communities that heighten energy utilization efficiency in three prefectures impacted by the Great East Japan Earthquake: Iwate Prefecture, Miyagi Prefecture and Fukushima Prefecture. In areas currently undergoing reconstruction, the initiative supports the construction of smart communities that focus on employing renewable energy as a way to build cities that are resilient following natural disasters. Regarding "smart community", please see http://www.meti.go.jp/english/policy/energy_environment/smart_community/index.html.

About Fujitsu

Fujitsu is the leading Japanese information and communication technology (ICT) company offering a full range of technology products, solutions and services. Approximately 170,000 Fujitsu people support customers in more than 100 countries. We use our experience and the power of ICT to shape the future of society with our customers. Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.4 trillion yen (US$47 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2013. For more information, please see http://www.fujitsu.com.

About Tohoku Electric Power

Tohoku Electric Power headquartered in Sendai, Japan, is one of the nation's largest utilities, with approx. 17 gigawatts of owned capacity, delivering electricity to over 7 million customers across seven prefectures including Niigata in the northeastern part of Japan. Tohoku Electric Power Co., Inc. (TSE:9506) reported consolidated operating revenues of approx. 1.8 trillion yen for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2013. For more information, please see http://www.tohoku-epco.co.jp/index-e.htm.

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