The goal of Kashiwa-no-ha, an academic and research city covering 273 hectares, is to become a model of urban development through partnership between the public, private and academic sectors. In December 2011, the Cabinet Office selected Kashiwa-no-ha as a Comprehensive Special Zone for Regional Revitalization and an Environmental Future City.
Urban Design Center Kashiwa-no-ha (UDCK)
UDCK is a community base in which citizen's groups, the public and private sectors, academia, and other stakeholders collaborate in urban development. It functions as a meeting venue for people undertaking certain work and research and is also a think tank that fosters concepts and plans.
The governments of Chiba Prefecture and Kashiwa, the Japan Business Federation (Keidanren), and other entities chose Kashiwa-no-ha as a site for building a futuristic city.
In line with the Kashiwa-no-ha International Campus Town Initiative, projects that resolve issues confronting the area are tested and verified. Currently underway are 21 action programs that aim to resolve local issues, create new industries, and foster communication. The programs are in the environment, healthy living, creativity and communication fields.