SOLVE for SDGs: Scenario Creation, Solution Creation (FY2019-)

Solution-Driven Co-creative R&D Program for SDGs (SOLVE for SDGs): Scenario Creation Phase, Solution Creation Phase

To achieve SDGs, RISTEX has been promoting creation of immediate solutions to regional issues with complex and wide-ranging themes by utilizing existing technology seeds and to expand the solutions to other regions in the "Solution-Driven Co-creative R&D Program for SDGs (SOLVE for SDGs)" since FY2019.

Since social isolation and loneliness is one of the essential perspectives of the SDGs, RISTEX has established a particular framework (social isolation framework) under the SOLVE for SDGs program, "Preventing Social Isolation & Loneliness and Creating Diversified Social Networks" in FY2021.

Program Supervisor

SEKI Masao

Visiting Professor, The Open University of Japan /Senior Advisor, Sustainability Department, Sompo Japan Insurance Inc.

"Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development" ("2030 Agenda" for short) that was adopted by the United Nations established 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets under the basic ideal of "No one will be left behind." It is expected that Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) will play an indispensable role in achieving this declaration. JST established a new funding program named "Solution-Driven Co-creative R&D Program for SDGs (SOLVE for SDGs)." This program aims to use STI to resolve social issues in specific local regions in Japan, compile the outcomes into project plans, and implement these as applicable social systems to other regions in Japan and overseas. Therefore, the solutions should be broadly deployable in other regions after the R&D projects are completed; these are also expected to have major impacts towards the achievement of the SDGs.

One notable feature of this program is that the principle investigator and the collaborator are jointly responsible for resolving the problem through the R&D project. This program is designed to have two stages, that is, the "Scenario creation phase" and the "Solution creation phase." Through the R&D project in these phases, social issues are resolved by utilizing knowledge and technology produced with natural sciences, humanities and social sciences, as well as the "frontline and local wisdom" gained from the experience, knowledge, decisions and regrets at the frontline or in the local region.

In the "Scenario creation phase," projects are expected to analyze the bottlenecks of social issues in specific regions through dialogue and cooperation with relevant stakeholders, and conceptualize new social systems that resolve social issues with STI. Conceptual scenarios in which SDGs are achieved are created while the evidence is acquired through feasibility field tests.

In the "Solution creation phase," R&D is conducted based on the scenario and the effectiveness of the resolution measures are demonstrated through verification tests in the region. In addition, the conditions for their application and the suitable environment for implementation in other regions should be presented. Also, a project plan (a roadmap) for the self-sustaining continuation after the completion of the R&D project is drafted and the implementation of the plan is prepared.

Through these two phases, this program promotes R&D to create innovative and practical expertise through co-creative R&D with stakeholders, in order to resolve increasingly more complex social issues facing local communities and to transform the society.


This program aims to identify social issues of particular regions in Japan, demonstrate measures to these issues, and create project plans (roadmaps) to implement the measures after the completion of the projects. The measures and the project plan combined is regarded as a solution; creating such solutions is the goal of this program.

Utilize STI to resolve social issues in a specific region, compile the outcomes into a project plan, and provide a solution that can be implemented across various regions in Japan and overseas

Transform the society through co-creative activities (elucidating the issue and share its understanding; building dialogue, communication, and trust; building space and tools for diverse agents to come together and designing administration systems for this purpose; constructing index KPI for outcomes and interim goals; feasibility field tests; demonstration tests; creating project plans, etc.), realize a resilient and inclusive society where no one is left behind, and ultimately contribute to the achievement of the SDGs

R&D Projects

Scenario creation phase


Developing a scenario with peer support systems to build a inclusive medical and social model using digital transformation
Principal Investigator : KITAHARA Shuji
(Associate Professor, Institute of Advanced Biomedical Engineering and Science, Tokyo Women's Medical University)
Collaborator : SHUKUNOBE Takeshi

(CEO, PPeCC, Inc.)


Development of digital transformation collaboration platform and creation of scenarios for social implementation that contribute to improving employment potential of people with disabilities using artificial intelligence
Principal Investigator : TSUKADA Yoshinori
(Associate Professor, Faculty of Business Administration, Setsunan University)
Collaborator : OHKAWA Yoshitoshi

(Digital Transformation Strategy Department, AUTOBACS SEVEN CO.,LTD.)


Co-creation Scenario on Inclusion and Diversity in Beach Cleanup Volunteering with People and Technologies
Principal Investigator : HAYASHI Eiji
(Professor, Computer Science and Systems Engineering, Department of Intelligent and Control Systems, Kyushu Institute of Technology)
Collaborator : SEINO Satoquo

(Associate Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, Department of Urban and Environmental Engineering, Kyushu University)


Scenario development for future-oriented adaptive management of forest ecosystems based on local science-practice governance
Principal Investigator : MORI Akira
(Professor, Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, The University of Tokyo)
Collaborator : NAKANISHI Masanao

(Assistant Manager of Wildlife Management, Shiretoko Nature Foundation)



Scenario development of co-creation with multi-stakeholders towards a dementia-inclusive society
Principal Investigator : UCHIDA Naoki
(Director, Medical Corporation Suzurankai TARO Clinic)
Collaborator : KASAI Koichi

(Director, Dementia Care Support Section, Elderly Affairs Department, Public Health & Welfare Bureau, Fukuoka City)


Development for the co-design method the dynamic operation rule to contribute the river basin management at Jinzu River system where is suitable for hydropower project
Principal Investigator : OKI Taikan
(Professor, Institute for Future Initiatives, The University of Tokyo)
Collaborator : TEBAKARI Taichi

(Professor, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Chuo University)


Feasibility Study of an Information Delivery Service that Automatically Proposes Coping Strategies Related to the Characteristics of Developmental Disabilities for Neurodivergent
Principal Investigator : SASAKI Ginga
(Associate Professor, Faculty of Human Sciences, University of Tsukuba)
Collaborator : SUZUKI Keita

(President, Kaien Inc.)


Formulation of Sustainable Scenario to realize Ultra Distributed Energy Society in Hot Spring Areas
Principal Investigator : SASAKI Soichi
(Assistant Professor, Graduate school of Engineering, Nagasaki University)
Collaborator : MORI Tomohiro

(Assistant Secretary, Division of Environment and Waterworks, Unzen City)


Development of a method for forming a subject for sustainable village development during disaster recovery using small hydropower energy
Principal Investigator : SHIMATANI Yukihiro
(Director, Kyushu Open University)
Collaborator : MURAKAWA Tomomi

(President, River Village Ltd.)


Research for developing scenario of social system to prevent child and adolescent suicides in which medical, health, welfare, and education institutes collaborate with
Principal Investigator : TACHIBANA Yoshiyuki
(Chief, Division of Infant and Toddler Mental Health, National Center for Child Health and Development)
Collaborator : KAWANISHI Chiaki

(Professor and Director, Department of Neuropsychiatry, Sapporo Medical University Graduate School of Medicine)


Assessment of value creation of local forest resources and development of safe forestry work environment by building LPWA platform
Principal Investigator : MORIBE Junji
(Associate Professor, Co-Design Research Center, Gifu University)
Collaborator : KOIKE Tatsuya

(Director, Yodakas Research Institute)


Scenario development to enable dynamic prediction of disaster chains in disaster-sensitive urban areas
Principal Investigator : WATANABE Kenji
(Professor, Graduate School of Social Engineering, Nagoya Institute of Technology)
Collaborator : NAGAMATSU Shingo

(Manager, Disaster Resilience Research Division, National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Resilience)



E-Inclusion: Creating Accessible Local/Social Services for People with Disabilities
Principal Investigator : IWABUCHI Mamoru
(Professor, School of Human Sciences, Waseda University)
Collaborator : MOTOHASHI Eizo

(President, Tokorozawa City Council of Social Welfare)


Development of Clean Energy Prosumer Model Aiming at Community Participation by Utilizing Hydrogen Technology
Principal Investigator : USHIFUSA Yoshiaki
(Professor, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, The University of Kitakyushu)
Collaborator : KUDOU Rie

(Director, Green Growth Promotion Division, Green Growth Promotion Department, Environment Bureau, City of Kitakyushu)


Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction Through Developing an Innovative Alert System Aligned with Comprehensive Risk Assessment at the Local Level
Principal Investigator : ONO Yuichi
(Professor, International Research Institute of Disaster Science, Tohoku University)
Collaborator : HASHIMOTO Hisashi

(Group leader, Public ICT Consulting Group, FUJITSU RESEARCH INSTITUTE)


Development of the Social System and Human Resources to prevent Sexual Violences and Early Intervention for PTSD
Principal Investigator : NAGAE Miyoko
(Professor, Faculty of Nursing, Nihon Fukushi University)
Collaborator : KATAOKA Emiko

(President, Nihon Forensic Human Care Center)


For the Society without People Struggling with Water:Development of Compact and Decentralised Water Supply and Treatment Service and Its Feasibility Assessment
Principal Investigator : NISHIDA Kei
(Director, Interdisciplinary Center for River Basin Environment, University of Yamanashi)
Collaborator : SOMANO Sakae

(Manager, Water and Sewer Division, Koshu City)


Construction of a Support Model for Remote Islands and Rural Medicine
Principal Investigator : MAEDA Takahiro
(Professor, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Nagasaki University)
Collaborator : KAWAKAMI Toshihiro

(Manager, National Health Insurance healthy Policy Planning and Evaluation Division, Goto City)


Development of the 3D Model Production and Dissemination Ecosystem for Blind and Visually Impaired People Promoting Co- Creative Assistance
Principal Investigator : MINATANI Kazunori
(Professor, Research Division, The National Center for University Entrance Examinations)
Collaborator : WATANABE Tetsuya

(Professor, Faculty of Engineering, Niigata University)


Solution creation phase


Model development and implementation of a community alert system to save the last person from disasters
Principal Investigator : ONO Yuichi
(Professor, 2030 Global DRR Agenda Office,International Research Institute of Disaster Science,Tohoku University)
Collaborator : HASHIMOTO Hisashi

(Group leader, Public Digital Strategy Group, Fujitsu Research Institute)


Developing the Social System to Eliminate Sexual Violence and Building the Framework for Nationwide Implementation: Human Resource for Early Response to Victims and Timely PTSD Care
Principal Investigator : NAGAE Miyoko
(Professor, Faculty of Nursing, Nihon Fukushi University)
Collaborator : KATAOKA Emiko

(President,Nihon Forensic Human Care Center)


Development of a model for increasing social benefits based on introduction of small water service and mutual-assistance network
Principal Investigator : NISHIDA Kei
(Director, Professor, Interdisciplinary Center for River Basin Environment, University of Yamanashi)
Collaborator : HIHARA Mikihiko

(Section chief, Water and sewer section, Koshu City)


Development and realization of a system to provide 3D models for the creation of "a society that everyone can freely obtain and touch what they want"
Principal Investigator : MINATANI Kazunori
(Professor, Research and Development Department, The National Center for University Entrance Examinations)
Collaborator : WATANABE Tetsuya

(Professor, Department of Biocybernetics, Faculty of Engineering, Niigata University)



Development of mental health programs and human resources to foster resilience in children and adolescents from preschool to high school
Principal Investigator : ISHIKAWA Shin-ichi
(Professor, Faculty of Psychology, Doshisha University)
Collaborator : KISHIDA Kohei

(Assistant professor, Organization for Research Initiatives and Development, Doshisha University)


Demonstration Project for the Human Development System on Disaster Managements in Diverse Communities and its Nationwide Expansion
Principal Investigator : MITAMURA Muneki
(Vice Director, Urban Resilience Research Center (UReC), Osaka Metropolitan University)
Collaborator : SUEMURA Yuko

(Director General of Suminoe Ward, City of Osaka)


Building a Model for Healthy Life Expectancy Based on Personalized Data ~Designing Future Society for Our Lives~
Principal Investigator : MIYATA Hiroaki
(Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management, School of Medicine, Keio University)
Collaborator : SATO Kenji

(Director, Sado General Hospital)


Promotion of Gesture Interface & Human Resource Development to Support Employment and Education among People with Motor Dysfunction within Local Communities
Principal Investigator : YODA Ikushi
(Senior Researcher, Human Informatics Research Institute, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST))
Collaborator : MIZUNO Katsuhiro

(Doctor, Department of Physical Rehabilitation Medicine, National Center Hospital of Neurology and Psychiatry)



Research, Development and Nation Wide Utilization of Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction with Professional Social Workers
Principal Investigator : TATSUKI Shigeo
(Professor, Department of Sociology, Doshisya University)
Collaborator : MURANO Junko

(Disaster Prevention and Crisis Management Division,Disaster Prevention Bureau,Beppu City)


Project for Prevention of Serious Condition in Newborns and Infants Through Extension of a Clinical Decision Support System
Principal Investigator : HOKUTO Isamu
(Professor, Division of Neonatology, Department of Pediatrics, St. Marianna University School of Medicine)
Collaborator : YAHAGI Naohisa

(Professor, Graduate School of Media and Governance, Keio University/Professor, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies, Keio University)


Development of a Public Involvement and Consensus-Based Watershed Governance Towards a Sustainable Use of Water Resources in Subtropical Island Environments
Principal Investigator : YASUMOTO Jun
(Assistant Professor, Regional Agricultural Engineering, Faculty of Agriculture, University of the Ryukyus)
Collaborator : KINJO Seikatsu

(Manager, Civil Engineering Construction Division, Economy Construction Department, Yaese-cho Office)


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