Open Project on Stock Sustainability Management（OPoSSuM)
[The aims of this project]
We are living in a super-ageing society. Population is estimated to decline further over the next 25 years. In order to achieve thesustainability of society, it is necessary to sustain Capital Stocks (Human Stocks, Material Stocks, Natural Stocks, Social Stocks) which underpin societies and to ensure hand-over from one generation to another.
These social circumstances require the comprehensive community planning, based on the outcomes of predicting how local capital stocks will change in each locale and of considering on how local capital stocks can be managed.
As local capital stocks are different from each other, it should be managed by each local authority. However, there is not enough accumulated experiences.
In this project, with a view of assisting city officials, we develop a data-base which can compare the local capital stocks between those of each local authority, and will develop a software which can predict the possible changes of local capital stocks in the future.
Also, this project will establish methodologies of stock management which include producing a scenario based on prediction on future changes, and a method of consensus building through promoting participation of multi-generation. The goal of this project is to ensure the sustainability at local levels through familiarizing such methodologies.
The project obtained funding from the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) and the Research Institute of Science and Technology for Society (RISTEX) in 2014 under the ‘designing sustainable multi-generational, co-creational society’ research and development area.
The participants of the project are: Chiba University, Shibaura Institute of Technology, National Institute for Environmental Studies, Ichihara City, Yachiyo City, Tateyama City, and Chiba Prefecture. Principal Investigator:
Professor Hidefumi Kurasaka, Chiba University.