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Department of Regional Development Introduction

The educational purpose of the Department of Regional Development is to cultivate human resources who have extensive knowledge of decentralization and regional development in Japan and overseas countries and can make efficient use of the culture unique to each local community and contribute to resident-oriented regional development. Specifically the human resources our university attempts to cultivate are capable of the following:

  1. Individuals with a special interest in local business and potential development
  2. Individuals who can contribute to solving regional environmental problems
  3. Individuals who can play a leading role in regional welfare measures
  4. Individuals who can play a leading role in community revitalization
  5. Individuals who can lead regional development by making efficient use of local culture.


The Department of Regional Development's curriculum is composed of subjects in 5 spheres: 1. Regional commerce and potential development ‚2. Regional environment 3.ƒ Regional welfare „4. Community and 5.… Regional culture. The contents of each sphere are as follows:
  1. Regional commerce and potential development: Revitalization of the regional economy is critical to regional stimulation. Students learn theories and practices necessary for local communities to start up businesses as well as how to develop the abilities of the human resources who will play a leading role in their start up.
  2. ‚Regional environment: The shift to renewable energy, one of the most important issues in today's society, can be translated into the shift to region-oriented energy policy. Students learn the theories and practices necessary for regional communities to solve their environmental problems on their own.
  3. ƒRegional welfare: Providing support for not only the elderly, but also those who are socially disadvantaged is a serious problem. Students learn about the current state of welfare problems in regional societies as well as the theories, policies and activities that may be employed to solve them.
  4. „Community: In order to revitalize a regional society, it is critical to stimulate activity in the local communities that make up the society. Students learn community theory as well as the practices and difficulties regarding the revitalization of a community.
  5. Regional culture: Local culture is the social capital of regional society and one of the keys to regional revitalization. Students learn the value of diverse culture rooted in each region and the theories, practices and difficulties regarding the utilization of culture.


"Study of Regional Development'," is a lecture series style class that covers all spheres in the Department of Regional Development'. In this class, the department's full-time teachers take turns delivering lectures on the general and particular studies of regional policy. These lectures allow students a chance to understand this department's framework of education and research.