Group 2 : Unit 1

Research Study on "Social Recognition Qualification Framework"

Research Group 2 Unit 1 conducts studies on the mechanisms which enable local public human resources to work actively in the real world. As its specific research subjects, Research Group 2 Unit 1 focuses on the locally recognized qualification system, namely the "local public policy consultant" qualification system, which was developed through the collaboration of the eight universities, municipalities, economic organizations, as well as private organizations within Kyoto Prefecture.

It has come to be recognized that this qualification framework, first introduced in Japan and started in Kyoto in April 2011, requires refinement and improvement in some areas. Taking such recognized shortcomings into account, Research Group 2 Unit 1 is going to study theories which aim to entrench this local qualification system into Japanese society, by investigating the recent trends on qualification frameworks in Europe and Australia, new efforts for creating the qualification framework in Japan, as well as the system of the "career ladder" amongst others.

Group 2 : Unit 2

Research Study on Development and Operation of Support Programs

Research Group 2 Unit 2 is currently working on three projects: the "Project for Supporting Disaster Areas" through the cultivation and training of coordinators in the affected areas of the Great East Japan Earthquake; the "Project for Politicians" which seeks to enhance the policy sophistication of local assemblymen and women; as well as the "Let's Think about the Youth" project of Kyoto City's Yamashina Ward.

These projects share a common focus on "public human resources." Through these projects, Unit 2 produces research outcomes by thoroughly validating the achievements made through conducting specific support activities.

Consistent with the practical orientation of its research methodology, each project aims thoroughly to deploy its research outcomes in real society.

Group 2 : Unit 3

Research Study on Local Energy Policies and Greenhouse Gas Mitigation

Since 2007, in collaboration with Kameoka City, Ritsumeikan University as well as Kyoto Gakuen University, LORC has been participating in the Kameoka Carbon Minus Research Studies Project commissioned by Kameoka City. The Project seeks to utilize local biomass as a form of charcoal compost for agricultural purposes, thereby resulting in carbon sequestration and the reduction of CO2. This project was commissioned in FY 2011 and remains current.

Unit 3 investigates social systems in which local communities and citizens are enabled to participate in the project. For example, through environmental education - particularly, dietary education in which "cool vegetables®" are used for school meals - it pursues research into collaboration policies through which local Non-Profit Organizations as well as citizens can become involved in the projects.

Based on its research outcomes, in FY 2011, LORC was commissioned by Kameoka City in Kyoto Prefecture to conduct a project related to policy studies. Currently, LORC is pursuing policy research which seeks to connect projects with local communities.

Group 2 : Unit 4

Project for Local Collaboration in the Northern Area of Kyoto Prefecture

Research Group 2 Unit 4 is conducting social experiments in the northern area of Kyoto Prefecture in order to realize sustainable local communities.

Currently, various actors in the area are involved in the project, building a platform to enable local collaborations. In the coming years, and based on this platform in the northern areas of Kyoto, further collaboration projects in various areas are expected to be developed.

In particular, for the purpose of such future activities, the following projects are among those which are to be launched: "training programs for reviewing administrative work and projects in municipalities" for reviewing them by using step method; "socialization of employments and public services" for incubating social business; "local public human resources programs" as collaborative training programs for officials, in which various sectors participate.

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