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    Japan-Thailand Millennium Town plans to foster a smarter community

    The planned smart city outside Thai capital Bangkok promises to use Japanese retirees to educate local people, as well as have futuristic technology .

    A new kind of smart city is being planned in Thailand, with new-age technology like maglev trains being developed alongside educational campaigns, all to elevate the country's economy and quality of life.
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    Japan-Thailand Millennium Town is the brainchild of officials at Global City Development, a Thai-based social enterprise firm that develops international mega-projects. It was officially unveiled at the Smart Cities New York conference earlier this month.
    Set to be built 40 miles outside Thai capital Bangkok, organizers hope for a population of 20,000 in the 475-acre city, which will have separate zones for residential and commercial areas. Pannaritsara Chuenjitrabhiramon, chairman and CEO at Global City Development and a former United Nations (UN) official, said the idea has been in the planning stages for around 20 years and is in keeping with
    Agenda 21, the UN’s goals for sustainable development.



    It is inspired in part by King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died in 2016 after having "devoted all his life to human development," Chuenjitrabhiramon said. During his more than 70-year reign, he was viewed by many Thai people as a unifying figure — despite decades of rule by military juntas — dedicated to the welfare of his people.
    The new smart city will be populated with Japanese retirees, who Global City Development senior advisor Robin Lewis said are often forced into retirement under rigid labor laws when they have plenty more to give.
    "People are at the height of their powers, and social scientists are all agonizing over what the aging of the global population is going to do to the labor force, because they're looking at the input of young people in the labor force and how that's diminishing, but nobody's thinking about raising productivity at the other end of the labor force with people whose talents are still usable," he told Smart Cities Dive in an interview.
    Features of the Japan-Thailand Millennium Town


    Those retirees will be brought to the Millennium Town and put to work on various projects, including helping the local population and educating them in a mutually beneficial setting. And it represents another aspect of the strong ties between Japan and Thailand,
    including economically.
    "Here, we're talking about training people, we're talking about passing on knowledge and know-how to the locals,” Chuenjitrabhiramon said. "So you need to understand the locals' weaknesses and strengths, and you also need to understand the weaknesses and strengths of the people we want to bring in."
    And that, the organizers said, is what will make the Millennium Town different from other planned smart cities, which in recent years has included
    the likes of Tempe, AZ and the planned Gramercy District in Ashburn, VA. Too often, they said, not enough attention is paid to educating and engaging with the people and is instead more focused on new technology. "That's the mistake that a lot of new cities have made," Lewis said. "Suddenly this thing pops up and it's all very modern and all very nice, but it has no relationship to people living 100 yards away."

    https://www.smartcitiesdive.com/news/japan-thailand-millennium-town-smarter-community/525239/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chittychangchang View Post
    helping the local population and educating them
    You can lead a horse to water but you can not teach a Thai who already knows how to pollute and double park not to.


    So, Millenium Smart city.
    Underground cables, proper engineered drainage, water reticulation good enough to drink from the tap, strict regulation on where a shop can set up, strict enforcement of traffic and parking, strict rules on keeping footpaths clear, accessibility for wheelchairs in all public places, animal control, draconian anti-littering enforcement, CCTV system that actually works when a government official breaks the law and not just when peasants do, strict building regulations, .... Golly, they're going to need to have a non-Thai city administration and enforcement officers too.

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    Good idea, can't work.

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    A hiso oasis for those rich enough to escape a fast sinking capital city

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chittychangchang View Post
    The Japan-Thailand Millennium Town is the brainchild of officials at Global City Development, a Thai-based social enterprise firm that develops international mega-projects. It was officially unveiled at the Smart Cities New York conference earlier this month.
    Thai based? This from their website:

    Global City Development

    "Firm Focus

    Global City targets real estate development opportunities in Florida, Texas, and the greater Washington DC area that have a positive social impact. The firm seeks investments that have the potential to return 20%-plus per year over a period of 4 to 5 years.
    Global City has the ability to act as a lead developer or co-developer.

    Investment Approach

    Global City’s management team has decades of experience in real estate development both in the United States and internationally. Having developed over $2 billion of real estate, the principals bring an extensive network of contacts with access to off-market deals in the company’s target geographies of Florida, Texas, and the greater Washington DC area"


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    A tray full of GOLD is not worth a moment in time.

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    Seems there’s a lot of dosh in devoting all one’s life to human development.

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    ^ You mean teaching 'human development' in the Thai education system?

    There is, but the budget rarely gets that far.

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    Just another scheme to suck money out of foreigners. This time retired Japanese people?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    Seems there’s a lot of dosh in devoting all one’s life to human development.

    ...in which some might consider a term of contradiction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VocalNeal View Post
    to suck money out of foreigners
    The Thai people will be on the hook for the losses, not long the forgotten "expenses paid" ex-politicians, whether the money comes from the Thai purse or borrowed from foreign "investors".

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