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Greetings from the President Noboru Omiya,
Professor,
Takasaki City University of Economics
法政大学学事顧問・元総長 清成忠男

 The Japan Association of Regional Development and Vitalization was established in 2008 through universities led by the Cabinet Office to begin courses on System Building for Restoring Local Communities. In 2009, the association held its first national conference at Hosei University and began activities. To date, the association has held five national conferences and published four research journals, thanks to its members’ passion for research activities. Membership has steadily been increasing, and currently, the association has grown to approximately 600 members. Research activities developed smoothly under the first president, President Kiyonari, and now I am to act as the second president. With your cooperation, I intend to strive for the further betterment of the association.

 Worsening issues within Japanese society include the declining birthrate coupled with a growing proportion of elderly people as well as a diminishing population, leading to what could be called a matured, reduced and stationary society. It is predicted that the population across Japan will decrease by roughly 300,000 people every year, equivalent to the population of one regional urban center, such as Takasaki City where I live (370,000 people), completely disappearing from Japan. Also, with the increasing number of elderly people, more people are living in the provinces, and there is an increasing trend toward a stationary society and away from a migratory society. If we do not restore local communities, the pathology of isolation will make its presence increasingly felt in society. In 2005, there were three adults (20 to 64 years of age) providing support for every one elderly person of 65 years of age or older. A super-aging society will soon be upon us, with only 1.9 adults providing support in 2020 and only 1.2 in 2050.

 At the same time, our society is able to connect with anywhere in the world in an instant with the Internet, and is highly mobile and capable of high speed transit. We are faced with the issue of how to deal with both a stationary society and a highly mobile society and of how to combine the two.

 There are a great many issues to overcome in achieving regional development and vitalization, such as the promotion of local industries, the creation of jobs, sixth sector industrialization, the promotion of citizen participation, improvements in local welfare and medical infrastructure, and the maintenance of residential areas, as well as administrative and financial reforms. We have a number of concerns such as basic research for achieving regional development and vitalization, applied research for regional development and vitalization policies, and research on the organizations and personnel taking on regional development and vitalization activities. I hope that the many researchers, businesspeople, and administrators across the country who are interested in regional development and vitalization will join us.




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