Research themes for this year are as follows.
◆Vacant Land and Properties with Missing or Unidentified Owners in the Urban Areas
|This study looks into the increasing housing vacancy issues in the urban residential areas, grasps the actual situations and considers the possible countermeasures against the problems of missing or unidentifiable landowners or property-owners, which may be a great obstacle to the neighborhood maintenance management of the urban residential areas.
◆Living Supports contributing to "Aging in Place"*
*The ability to live in one's own home and community safely, independently,
and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level.
|This research study looks into the daily living supports such as shopping and transportation through site inspection and questionnaire surveys etc., with a view to exploring the feasibility of living support services business focused on the new constituents and methods with an aim to develop such surroundings where elders can live independently.
◆Efficient Maintenance Management of Regional Infrastructures by Area-Management
| With reference to the regional infrastructures initiatives in terms of energy, regional public transportation, environment, disaster prevention and so on, this research study examines the relative legislative systems as well as the domestic and international case studies and explores how regional infrastructures should be maintained and managed by Area-Management.
◆Community-based Living Services Management Methods based on the "Urban Perforation"
| Along with the increasing number of vacant housing or vacant lots in the urban cities, such a serious urban structural change as "Urban Perforation" is emerging. This research study explores the ways to efficiently manage those underutilized lots or properties, including the ways to utilize them as potential community-based living service functions necessary for the residents.
◆Sustainable Tourism Policies
| Focusing on the new goals in terms of the increasing numbers of inbound foreign tourists and so on, this research study looks into such tourism policies in the advanced overseas tourism countries or advanced domestic tourism destinations, as well as the way residents in those areas are involved, and explores the sustainable tourism policies in consideration of the impacts on the local residents by the increasing number of tourists.
◆Verification Methods of Regional Public Transport Maintenance Policies
| With reference to various regional transport services introduced to support the regional living as a means of transport such as "Community buses"*, "Demand Responsive Transport" etc., this research study conducts inquiries to municipalities or operation entities about their situations of such introduction, what they considered at their introduction, their initiatives to boost accessibility etc., and considers the evaluation criteria to verify whether or not the current operation systems are suitable for the area-specific characteristics or solving such issues, procedures or ways of thinking when introducing or reviewing specific operation systems, and selection criteria and so on. (*small bus systems mainly operated by local government.)
◆Trends and Effectｓ of Seamless Mobility Services
|This research study grasps overseas trends, examines and analyzes social impacts, relative issues or effects, with reference to the initiatives in Japan to realize such seamless mobility services as "MaaS"(Mobility as a Service), which is expanding mainly in Europe.
◆Organized Safety Management Tools for Transport Companies
| This research focuses on the promotion of continuous use of "Safety-minded Corporate Culture Assessment Tool" developed by our research institute, analyzes the over-the-year improvement case studies and enriches such safety-related correlation (like accident rates) analysis.