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IJESD 2014 Vol.5(2): 197-201 ISSN: 2010-0264
DOI: 10.7763/IJESD.2014.V5.477

Information Sharing in Socio-Technical System Demonstration Tests: Using Smart Grid System Demonstration Tests in Japan

Youngjae Koh
Abstract—This paper clarifies processes for promoting information sharing about results of socio-technical systems demonstration test which is conducted by firms who have different interest. By examining a smart grid system demonstration test in Kansai Science and Yokohama Cities in Japan, this paper has two major findings.
First, information sharing among firms on demonstration tests as a whole project has been promoted by the Project Promotion Council of the demonstration test which is coordinated by the regional government of the demonstration test area.
Second, in addition to the endeavor of firms who participated in demonstration test, the regional government of the demonstration test area works as a coordinator to promote information sharing between firms who participated in demonstration test and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) of Japan who subsidize two-thirds of the demonstration test budget.
What became evident through this case study is for promoting information sharing among firms who have different interest should be consider establishing the information sharing organizational system and putting the regional government of the demonstration area as a coordinator on demonstration phase.

Index Terms—Information sharing among firms, smart grid system, socio-technical system, role of the regional government of the demonstration test area.

Youngjae Koh is with the Konan University, Hirao School of Management, Nishinomiya, Japan (e-mail: koh@center.konan-u.ac.jp).

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Cite:Youngjae Koh, "Information Sharing in Socio-Technical System Demonstration Tests: Using Smart Grid System Demonstration Tests in Japan," International Journal of Environmental Science and Development vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 197-201, 2014.

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