What we do in Kashiwa-no-ha
Here at Kashiwa-no-ha, a flexible framework for division of labor making the most of the public-private-academy partnership has been created to implement area management.
This autonomously nurtures and maintains the value, attachment, and pride of the community as a whole.
01Improving public space
In order to form a high-quality urban space full of creativity, which is fit for the International Campus Town, the public, private and academic sectors are working together on a comprehensive project to build an appropriate space.
As part of the project, we have improved areas around the west exit of Kashiwa-no-ha Campus Station and the regulating reservoir located to the north of it (Aqua Terrace).
02Drafting the vision for community development
We have designated the area along National Route 16, to the north of Kashiwa- no-ha Campus Station, as the Innovation Campus Area.
In March 2017, we drafted the Innovation Campus Area Community Development Vision, which is a master plan for community development of the area drawing from experiences of urban design and environmental-symbiotic development in the area in front of the station.
This was accomplished by way of the public-private-academy partnerships.
In order to maintain and manage public spaces in Kashiwa-no-ha, we set up UDCK Town Management, a general incorporated association, in January 2018.
This association collaborates with a general incorporated association UDCK, to maintain and manage the areas near the west exit of Kashiwa-no-ha Campus Station and Aqua Terrace as well as hosts , which presents examples of community development in Kashiwa-no-ha.
Also, following are the information of a general incorporated association UDCK.
Aims and business
The association is based in Kashiwa-no-ha region, Kashiwa-shi, and Chiba Prefecture. Its aim is to carry out research, draft plans, and to execute the plans.
Moreover it provides support for the implementation of the plans with regard with the issues that have to do with urban design and community development through collaboration among governmental institutions, specified nonprofit judicial persons, citizens, firms, and educational/research institutions.
It also wishes to develop and maintain a high-quality urban space in the Kashiwa-no-ha area and to improve the local community through its activities.
It also wants to publicize its outcomes to all of Kashiwa-shi, the areas along Tsukuba Express Line, as well as all over Japan and across the world so that they are applied and distributed.
The association engages with following business endeavors in order to achieve above aims.
- （１）Projects to carry out research and social experiments on urban design and community development as well as to draft plans and to provide policy recommendations.
- （２）Projects that provide citizens with information on urban design and community development; moreover, to deal with queries, to give advice, and to support consensus formation.
- （３）Projects involved with communication/public engagement through fora and media related to urban design and community development.
- （４）Projects related to the promotion of the Kashiwa-no-ha International Campus Town Initiative and to the sustainable urban management of the area.
- （５）All other projects which are associated with or related to previous items.
- Professor Deguchi Atsushi
- Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, The University of Tokyo
- Professor Ueno Takeshi
- Graduate School of Engineering, Chiba University
- Sakai Tsutomu
- Representative Director, Kashiwa Community-Building Public Corporation General Incorporated Foundation
- Kato Tomoyasu
- Head of Division of the Promotion of the Kashiwa-no-ha Community Development, Mitsui Fudosan
- Fushino Ryuya
- Managing Director, Kashiwa Chamber of Commerce and Industry
- Takenouchi Akira
- President, Tanaka Area Furusato Council
- Tsutsumi Hisaaki
- Manager, Keiyo Bank Kashiwa-no-ha Campus Branch
(as of August 23 rd , 2018)
At Kashiwa-no-ha Smart City, there are a number of events to facilitate friendly interactions among people. These include a forum hosted by a university or a weekend event in which parents and children can take part.
The “All Blacks” are coming to Kashiwa-no-ha for training before the World Cup 2019. To mark this occasion, we hold All Blacks events.
We hold work experience events in which children are dressed up as Pinocchio under the slogan “let’s raise children in town!”
It provides a place of learning in the community for “children” who carry the future by making the most of academic achievement and local connection, by gathering “knowledge” of the town and by coming together as a community.
We host “Food stalls of the world” which gather cuisines representing various countries under the theme, “Let’s connect with the world.” We will continue hosting a summer festival with various summer features.
At the event, freshly harvested produce from Chiba University’s farm is available for purchase. The gathering also features other forms of entertainment such as live concerts and stage shows.
Residential Community Salon Kashiwa-no-ha is a service station supporting pleasant housing and lifestyles for all those living in the Park City Kashiwa-no-ha Campus and in the community.
This council consists of residents who live and are active in areas near Kashiwa-no-ha Campus Station and institutions located there. The council aims to maintain/improve the living environment by resolving community issues and revitalizing the area.