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Membership Application

Applications from companies and organizations agreeing with the purpose and activities of SCI-Japan will be granted membership subject to board review of the application documents.

Major Activities

Research: Research on the world's leading smart cities and produce reports regularly
Training: Organize seminars / symposiums on and business tour to the world's leading smart cities via collaboration with universities and research institutions worldwide
Award: Commend excellent cases and organizations
Research Contest: Challenge opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to deepen knowledge on smart cities

Membership Type / Qualifications

Full Member A: Commercial enterprises
Full Member B: Commercial enterprises with a capitalization of below 100 million yen
Associate Member: Startups that are less than ten years old
*Recommendation by a Full or Associate member is required
Supporting Member: Local governments, universities, research institutions, not-for-profit organizations

Annual Membership Fee

Full member A: 1 million yen
Full member B: 300 thousand yen
*membership granted on a legal entity basis
Associate and Supporting Members: Free

Benefits of Joining Membership

Benefits of Joining Membership
  1. Term is from October to September of the following year. Annual fee for the first year of admission during the term are as shown on the right. (October to December: annual fee x 100%, January to March: annual fee x 75%, April to June: annual fee x 50%, July or later: annual fee x 25%) No free benefits shall be granted to a Full Member A joining SCI-Japan after July.
  2. After submission of the application form, the applicant becomes an official member after review and approval by the Board of Directors.
  3. ① A startup company within 10 years of establishment and ② a recommendation of a Full Member or a Supporting Member are required. If the number of years of establishment after admission of SCI-Japan exceeds 10 years, the associate member shall be disqualified upon the conclusion of the term.
  4. Free benefits are valid for 5 years on a term basis. They expire at the time of withdrawal. Free cost for training program do not include travel expenses, expenses for local accommodation and meals, and overseas travel insurance premiums.
  5. Free benefits are valid for 5 years on a term basis. They expire at the same time of withdrawal. The number of applicable personnel varies according to the training price. Only one benefit either overseas (*4) or domestic (*5) is available. This is equivalent to approximately 250,000 yen.
  6. Number of people invited and other details will be announced at each event.
  7. Theme and speaker are subject to preliminary review by SCI-Japan Secretariat.


Please use the form on the right for membership and inquiries.
Secretariat for Smart City Institute Japan, Social Impact Partnership Division,
Mitsubishi UFJ Research and Consulting Co., Ltd.