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Faculty of Regional Policy

Extending education that helps people take action by examining the world from a regional perspective

Developing regional policies requires having a global perspective that incorporates such matters as overseas expansion by local companies and inbound immigration. It also requires having a broad perspective and deep insight, because some regional issues could directly affect the entire nation, e.g., declining birthrates, the aging population, and/or depopulation. This Department helps students pursue their studies by providing them with opportunities to find and solve problems on their own. It helps them conduct research from both theoretical and practical perspectives by offering the following six specialized courses: Food, Agriculture, and Environment; Public Policy; Regional Industry; Local Culture; City Planning; and Health and Sports. The Department aims to help students develop the potential to give back to regions by studying under its new academic system operated under the concept of “Observing regions to help them revitalize themselves.”


Helping students develop their ability to identify the challenges faced by regional societies and serve as a driver for the era of regional revitalization

As symbolized by the Act on Overcoming Population Decline and Vitalizing Local Economies in Japan put into force in 2014, regional revitalization is a keyword that will change Japanese society in the future. Under the motto “Looking at the region and revitalizing the region,” this faculty aims to foster human resources with the ability to contribute to regional society—the ability to identify and solve challenges—in view of drastic changes in regional society due to the aging population combined with the declining birthrate, and industrial globalization. The curricula of all courses are characterized by small-group education and active learning. The faculty offers small-group seminars for first- to fourth-year students, to allow them to master skills as the foundation for research activities, such as review of academic literature and social survey, and acquire the ability necessary for their graduation studies. At the same time, the faculty provides education focusing on relationships with regional society in such forms as fieldwork and policy proposals to the regional administration. In addition to the existing specialized courses of Public Policy, Regional Industry, City Planning, Local Culture, and Health and Sports, the Food, Agriculture and Environment course was established in AY2018, to provide students with a place for learning where food safety and agricultural and environmental issues are dealt with from a regional perspective. Moreover, the faculty has devoted active efforts to education about the Geographic Information System (GIS), which is indispensable to regional analysis, and been authorized by the Association of Japanese geographers as a faculty where the qualification of GIS Engineer can be obtained. The faculty also promotes regional collaboration activities, including student-led regional contribution projects, allowing students to learn on their own initiative according to their own goals and interests, and producing graduates who can actively work in a wide range of fields, including regional administration.

Curriculum Features

All six specialized courses issue the Geographic Information System (GIS) Engineer qualification

Visualizing regional issues
The GIS helps regions visualize and find solutions to issues by mapping information such as topographical features, including altitudes, population density, disaster risks, and evacuation sites. All students in the Faculty of Regional Policy, regardless of the course they are affiliated with, can obtain the GIS Engineer qualification by meeting the requirements for issuance.

Six specialized courses for examining regions

Food, Agriculture and Environment

This course provides a broad range of education on food, which provides the foundation for human life, the agriculture and fisheries industries that support it, and even the natural environment and social system surrounding food. This course fosters human resources who can, based on what they have learned, develop the agriculture and fisheries industries into new local businesses that lead to regional revitalization.

Public Policy

The Public Policy Course focuses on law and economics at a regional level. Its interdisciplinary approach helps students to identify problems affecting a region, and equips them with the knowledge they need to plan proposals for new public services and the construction of new public spaces.

Regional Industry

The Regional Industry Course prepares students for a variety of roles, whether as an entrepreneur, as a promoter of local industry, or a professional who can lead a company in expanding internationally. Students learn about economies and their distribution systems; the history of industries that have long supported the local economy; theory regarding optimal location for a given industry’s operations and capital accumulation; marketing theory for local international companies; and labor and employment strategies. The course also teaches students about how local businesses are cooperating with the community.

City Planning

This course equips students with basic knowledge about urban and regional areas. Students develop the expertise for consensus building among local residents, and the techniques for carrying out workshops. Team-based exercises where they survey local areas and carry out social experiments help prepare them for a career in a local public body, non-profit organization, or within the field of regional development.

Local Culture

Regional culture is a both a source of pride and passion for locals. Students on the course learn about the significance of regional culture, and analyze it from a variety of angles including history, geography, cultural anthropology, folklore, linguistics and cross-cultural theory.

Health and Sports

Students on the Health and Sports Course look into the current state of, and challenges faced by, domestic and regional health and exercise policy. Students also learn about sports science, and pick up marketing and management abilities for a potential career in the sports industry. We hope to produce individuals who play a role in promoting sports, which leads to both regional health promotion and regional regeneration.