Minami Ashigara Innovation Summer College

The Minami Ashigara Innovation Summer College is a multi-stakeholder collaboration between BOUNDLESS, Fuji Xerox, Yokohama National University and Minami Ashigara city government. The purpose of this college is to inject fresh perspectives to the revitalization movement of the local regions of Minami Ashigara and Odawara. This program involves a wide range of participants- Japanese university students from Yokohama National University, international students, local high school students, as well as local residents and stakeholders.

Ishinomaki Learning and Experience Program

Ishinomaki was the most devastated area by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, both in terms of economic and life losses. However, this city has transformed itself from a disaster stricken area into a innovative hub with startups engaging in various industries ranging from fishing to craftsmanship. This program also allows participants to meet and interact with friendly locals and inspiring entrepreneurs. Below is a summary of the activities and what you can expect from this program.

Sosei Partners (Shimokawa) 2018

Sosei Partners (Shimokawa) 2018 will take place in three parts- May, July and September. This year we will be collaborating with Hokkaido University and bringing students specifically from Hokkaido University to learn about Shimokawa’s charms, challenges, as well as its impressive town planning, energy policies and forest management.

Iki Summer 2018

Tono is a city located in central Iwate Prefecture, surrounded by three mountains, and covered with lush greenery in summer and shimmering white snow in winter. It is also known as the folklore capital of Japan as it is the origin of the Tono Folklore, a repository of Japanese folklores about spirits and supernatural creatures. Tono has prospered as a trading centre between the inland areas and the coastal regions of Iwate prefecture. 

Minami Ashigara Summer 2018

Minami Ashigara is located in the western part of Kanagawa prefecture, which is made up of 9 other towns including the famous hot spring paradise Hakone and popular beach resort of Odawara. Despite being situated just one hour away from Tokyo, it is surrounded by mountains and blessed with rich nature. 

Seiyo Summer 2018

Seiyo is located in the Shikoku island of the Japanese archipelago. It is divided into three distinct parts- the mountainous area, the coastal region and the traditional village. Each part has its own charms- the mountainous region is where you can find rustic sceneries and old lifestyles, the coastal region is where oranges are grown and marine activities are bustling, and the traditional village is lined with merchant houses from the 18th century. 

Tono Summer 2018

Tono is a city located in central Iwate Prefecture, surrounded by three mountains, and covered with lush greenery in summer and shimmering white snow in winter. It is also known as the folklore capital of Japan as it is the origin of the Tono Folklore, a repository of Japanese folklores about spirits and supernatural creatures. Tono has prospered as a trading centre between the inland areas and the coastal regions of Iwate prefecture. 

Urahoro Summer 2018

Urahoro is a little town located in the Tokachi region of Eastern Hokkaido. The Tokachi region is famous for its dairy farming as it accounts for the majority of fresh milk produced in the entire Hokkaido. It is also rich in farming, fishing and forestry resources. However, like many other towns in Hokkaido, Urahoro is rapidly declining in terms of population and economy. In order to instill hometown pride and innovation into the local children, Urahoro integrates its primary industries into the elementary and middle school curriculum, so that children growing up in the town feel a sense of belonging and connection to the town and its industries.

Shimokawa Summer 2018

Shimokawa is a little town located in Northern Hokkaido, with 90% of its land covered with forests. Shimokawa has a sustainable forestry management system, where it utilizes every part of the forests- logwood, leaves, bark, branches, tree sap and even the wood chips, to build houses, manufacture furniture, make bowls and accessories, produce aroma oil, and even produce biomass energy. This comprehensive forestry management system was recognized by the national government, which led to its recipient of the first Japan SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) Award in 2018.

Ishinomaki Summer 2018

Ishinomaki is one of the many places in Tohoku that are undergoing rapid transformation into innovative hubs that encourage new ideas through civic participation. Ishinomaki is the second largest city in Miyagi prefecture and used to play a vital role in transporting rice from Tohoku to Edo via the Kitakami River. However, like many other rural cities, population began declining rapidly over the past 20 years, and to make things worse, the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011 took away more than 3000 lives and swept away large parts of the coastal areas.

地方創生パートナーズ(石巻)活動報告

2017年12月9日から2018年3月28日の間、17ヵ国の22人の参加者を集め、現地調査からパイロットプログラム実施まで、活動を展開してきました。(参加者の出身国:モンゴル、インド、シンガポール、ネパール、イタリア、スペイン、フランス、台湾、日本、ベトナム、アイルランド、マレーシア、ハンガリー、ポーランド、ベネズエラ、アメリカ、カナダ)