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Social System Designing

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Designing and evaluating social systems for making the transition towards a low carbon society

We will develop the necessary framework, systems and action programs for breaking the present vicious cycle, converting it into a virtuous cycle to power the transition towards a vigorous and affluent low carbon society. We will also study ways to promote the development of medical and transportation services and the creation of new values such as clean power generation and greenification in order to realize a society in which senior citizens are able to make full use of their knowledge and expertise.

Analyzing and redesigning city structures to realize a vigorous and affluent low carbon society


Most Japanese cities have reached a stage of maturity within their environmental and population limits. The challenge now lies neither in promoting industrial growth nor in adopting a return-to-nature approach that reverses development, but rather to promote the transition towards a society in which everyone, including senior citizens, is able to participate in the creation of added value. We will therefore analyze the structure of our cities to propose plans that enable the development and management of new infrastructures including energy, mobility and information; enhance the quality of soil, water and greenery, and promote value-creating activities in fields such as the environment, health and education.

Research outline

A compact city structure seems to be the most popular choice for designing a low carbon city. But since there are many different types of cities, a compact city structure is not the only solution. We must categorize cities according to scale and characteristics (population, population density, industrial structure, etc.). Based on these benchmark models, we will try to develop optimal low carbon measures by evaluating the building of low carbon infrastructures (energy, mobility and information) and the development and management of agricultural farmland, satoyama (the areas between mountain foothills and arable flat land) and forests. We will also analyze the effects and adaptability of social system innovations that enhance value-creating activities in fields such as the environment, health and education in addition to technology innovations such as using surplus solar generated electricity in industry. These results will form a base for developing methods to redesign our cities.