Field of Regional Policy

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Field of Regional Policy

For the purpose of fostering and assisting human resources master the research methods and latest knowledge in order to construct regional policies on a bottom-up basis in the regions, the curriculum is designed for students to learn about the latest results in arts and social sciences, and obtain deeper insight and broader horizons in addition to problem consciousness about regional policies studied at the university level.

Features of the Curriculum

Features of the CurriculumFeatures of the CurriculumStudents enrolled in the Field of Regional Policy are required to study the basic and selective obligatory subjects L. Advanced study of Creative City and L. International Exchange and Cross Cultural Understanding, or L. Public Policy and Regional Fieldwork in order to learn how to grasp and examine regional characteristics besides theoretical aspects, as well as the subjects Master’s Thesis ResearchⅠ、Ⅱ in order to deepen the specialized knowledge and work on the preparation of the master theses. With regard to the major subjects, from among the group of nine Lectuves on” subjects, including L. Advanced Evaluation Studies and L. Regional Politics, students are required to study 6 subjects (12 units). In respect to developmental subjects, students are required to study the selective obligatory subjects S. Regional Vitalization or S. Local Governance and “S. Community Studies. The aim is to bring together teachers and students from various fields who are closely connected in terms of their research themes, and facilitate academic and practical education and research processes. As for free elective subjects, students are required to choose and study 4 units or more from among all the subjects offered at this graduate school.

Policy Research for the New Regional Development

Through the basic subjects including L. Advanced study of Creative City and L. Public Policy, and the major subjects such as L. Advanced Evaluation Studies, L. Regional Politics, L. Local Public Finance and L. Administration, students are expected to consider methods of dealing with such issues as the declining birthrate and aging population, deteriorating regional economies, and regions’ financial crises, and how to conduct the resident-driven regional construction that has become essential for the development of regional society on a sustainable basis. In the subject S. Local Governance, academic discussions are expected with the aim of studying how the regional administration and finance should be conducted toward realization of the above goals.

Obtaining Comprehensive Perspective for Regional Vitalization

Through the basic subjects including L. Advanced study of Creative City and Regional Fieldwork, and the major and developmental subjects such as L. Advanced Evaluation Studies, L. Local Public Finance, L. Regional Economics, L. Environmental Sociology, L. Spatial Structures, and S. Geographical Information Systems, students are expected to produce concepts for the development of regional characteristics from various angles. Furthermore, in S. Regional Vitalization, students are expected to participate in discussions with the aforementioned various angles taken into account, and obtain a comprehensive perspective for regional vitalization.

Regional Construction on the Basis of Community and Livelihood

Regional Construction on the Basis of Community and LivelihoodThrough the basic subjects including L. Public Policy and Regional Fieldwork, and the major subjects such as L. Regional Politics, L. Neighborhood Associations, L. Administration, L. Regional Economics, L. Environmental Sociology, L. Community Welfare and L. Spatial Structures, students will learn how to construct regional organizations based on various types of communities and living environments. In the discussions conducted in S. Community Studies, students are expected to optimize the fruits of their research in order to build comfortable regions to live in.

Research Contents of the Department of Regional Policy

ONO, Tatsuya
Research on theory and methods of policy and administrative evaluations, approach to various issues regarding the public-sector evaluation, and implementation of reforms on the axis of the evaluation, in collaboration with working-level administration. In addition, research into pitfalls in quantitative methods in arts and human sciences.
Research on basic theory of policy sciences and development of fieldwork methods, as well as approach to clarification of “Basic Issues of Studies on Regional Policies.” In particular, case studies on regional policies in Japan and implementation of studied policies in local autonomies.
Research into constituencies as artificially established “regions,” with focus on relations between people’s voting patterns and regional characteristics, as well as approach to clarification of certain rules by sampling a variety of constituencies.
FUJII, Tadashi
Researches into regional structure and its change within the framework of urban areas, comparative research into the cases in Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe area or local cities in Japan, urban areas in North America or Australia and other nations, and approach to regional construction based on maximizing the benefit of regional characteristics, such as environment and history.
FUJITA, Yasukazu
Local administration and finance or regional economy which will realize resident-driven regional construction, essential for solutions to current regional issues including the declining birthrate and aging population, depopulation, deterioration of regional economies, crises of local finance and the like, and sustainable growth of regional society.
NAKANO, Makoto
(Associate Professor)
Research into changes in regional society and human relationships in line with the progress of globalization and new social concepts, with a particular focus on new attribution factors traditionally regarded as “premodern,” such as race, ethnic group, gender, and nationality.
YANAKA, Shigeru
(Associate Professor)
Theories of policies from the standpoint of residents’ livelihoods. In particular, research though case studies into social decision-making with regard to utilization and management of regional common property resources such as the natural environment and historical landscapes, as well as regional surveys by the regional residents themselves.
(Associate Professor)
With a view to sustainable town reconstruction for appropriate urban areas in the 21st century, research into application of successful cases in countries such as Canada, Australia, the UK, and the USA to Japanese cities, from the viewpoint of location of commercial facilities in closest connection with human lives.
(Associate Professor)
Research into relations between residents and administration, with “information” as a keyword, clarification of concepts and applications of information disclosure and personal information protection through studies on judicial precedents, as well as the issues regarding mass media such as television.
(Junior Associate Professor)
Research into the appropriate form and style in reference to lessons learnt from foreign countries’ cases with regard to citizens’ involvement in various regional issues and related natural rights from the viewpoint of citizens actively participating in administration.
(Junior Associate Professor)
With regard to welfare policies, which are becoming more and more important as the birthrate declines and the population ages, on the basis of case studies about regional welfare planning, research into participatory policy making methods which not only meet regional needs but also utilize regional resources effectively.
TSUTSUI, Kazunobu
(Junior Associate Professor)
Research into community development of rural areas. Specifically, strong interest taken not only in regional economy and public services but also in practical community development activities in rural Japan. Additional studies about rural development in Vietnam.
BAMBA, Kaori
(Junior Associate Professor)
Research into primary factors supporting regional economy, in terms of related functions and technical and financial aspects, as well as applications of planning/analysis methods and strategies, etc, from the viewpoint of “product” distribution and customers, to regional promotion.