Twenty-first century Japan is facing difficulties that must be addressed all at the same time: the two great issues of a super-aged society and a low-carbon society. For our country to achieve the goal of low carbonization, which was spelled out for the international community, the introduction of low-carbonization technology must be accelerated. Meanwhile, Japan has become the world's most aged society, and if the super-aged society functions in a direction that causes the economy and society to stagnate and contract, it will become a brake on realizing a low-carbon society. If it can become the case that the growing class of elderly are able to play an important role in actively participating in and contributing to society as, among other things, supporters of low carbonization, it could clear the path to realizing a “bright” low-carbon society that holds the possibility of sustainable growth.
In the present project, a future bright, low-carbon city vision was constructed; the social system reform that is required to realize that vision was clarified; and the technology that is necessary for that was researched and developed. Integrated demonstration experiments were conducted in Kashiwa City in Chiba Prefecture regarding the implementation of these measures, the bright, low-carbon city was modeled from the results, and the outcome data was packaged; it is expected that the data will be disseminated and deployed nationwide and to various areas around the world.
The present project, the “Urban Reformation Program for Realization of a Bright Low-Carbon Society,” was started as a part of the FY 2010 Strategic Coordination Fund Promoting Science and Technology's “Social System Reformation Program for the Creation of a New Society Matching Climate Change.” From FY 2011, the framework changed to the Strategic Funds for the Promotion of Science and Technology, and it continued to be implemented as a part of that program. From FY 2013, the framework changed to Funds for Leading Creative Science and Technology Development, and it was implemented as a part of the Comprehensive Promotion of Social System Reform and Research and Development “Social System Reformation Program for the Creation of a New Society Matching Climate Change.” In latter FY2013, supplementary budget was compiled for this project, and was carried over to FY2014.
The project ends in March 2015, and has reached to a level where the project's mission was achieved through the final social experiments. At this point, this final report was produced summarizing the achievements, and we would like to take advantage of such things as the candid opinions received from each and every field for the social realization of achievements of the project.
With regard to the promotion of this project, it was promoted with the support of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology’s Research and Development Bureau Environment and Energy Division; the Japan Science and Technology Agency Department for Promoting Science and Technology System Reform; the Center for a Low Carbon Society Strategy; and the overall support of Kashiwa City. In addition, the project progressed having received the cooperation of the residents of Kashiwa City and local NPOs, and we are deeply thankful to all of those involved.
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|Summary of Final Report||
|Final Reprt (Full)||
|Preface, contents, and authors||
|1. Outline of the project||
|2. Vision of a Bright Low-Carbon City||
|3. Energy Group||
|4. Mobility Group||
|5. Clinical Plant Science Group||
|6. Urban Planning Group||
|7. Agriculture and Landscape Planning Group||
|8. Informatio System Group||
|9. Conclusion, Appendix||