Research Center for “Co-JUNKAN” Platform towards beyond “Zero-Carbon”

Yasunori Kikuchi
Institute for Future Initiatives
Associate Professor, Institute for Future Initiatives
For the sustainable development of the region, it is necessary to aim for “Beyond ‘Zero Carbon’”, where the activities for net zero carbon lead to regional wealth in terms of the environment and ecosystems, food production, employment, and the development of traditions and culture. In order to realize this, it is critically important to design the optimum system for the specific conditions of the region using the latest scientific and technological approaches, and to collaborate among local people with local knowledge, researchers with cutting-edge knowledge, engineers and companies with technology and implementation capabilities, in other words, industry-academia-government collaboration. This center develops and implements the Co-JUNKAN platform, which enables technology, knowledge and people to circulate organically and sophisticatedly among industry-academia-government. As an approach to problem-solving through the use of data, we are developing the RE-CODE information platform, which links technologies and regions and accelerates social implementation. RE-CODE will be implemented at the co-learning fields, where diverse people of different generations and positions can learn from each other, enabling a preemptive vision of future society and its realization. In particular, the development and regional demonstration of the technical systems essential for Beyond ‘Zero Carbon’, such as Co-learning practices, transport and energy, agriculture and forestry GX, energy supply and demand structures, and financial ecosystem to support the implementation of these technologies will be carried out. The project will be implemented at regional satellites in Iwate, Wakayama, Sado Island, Tanegashima, Queensland and other regions.

This project is one of the centers of the “JST open innovation platform for industry-academia co-creation (COI-NEXT)” (JPMJPF2003).
The overview of Research Center for “Co-JUNKAN” Platform towards beyond “Zero-Carbon”
The concept of RE-CODE, a data platform that links regions and technology and accelerates social implementation

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Research collaborators

  • Tohoku University
  • Chiba University
  • Shinshu University
  • Wakayama University
  • Iwate Prefectural University
  • Shibaura Institute of Technology
  • Waseda University
  • National Agriculture and Food Research Organization
  • Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences
  • Idemitsu Kosan Co., Ltd.
  • Shinko Sugar Mill Co., Ltd.
  • Solariant Capital LLC
  • Nippon Shokubai Co., Ltd.
  • SequencEnergy, Inc.
  • DG Network
  • TAKUMA Co., Ltd.
  • JGC Corporation
  • Sumitomo Forestry Co., Ltd.
  • TSUNEISHI Shipbuilding Co., Ltd.
  • Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank, Ltd.
  • SANKI Engineering Co., Ltd.
  • Sumitomo Corporation
  • Engineering Advancement Association of Japan
  • Digital Grid Consortium
  • Iwate Pref.
  • Wakayama Pref.
  • Sado City
  • Nishinoomote City
  • Nakatane Town
  • Minamitane Town
  • Queensland (Australia)

Related publications

  • Yasunori Kikuchi, Miwa Nakai, Yuichiro Kanematsu, Kazutake Oosawa, Tatsuya Okubo, Yuko Oshita, Yasuhiro Fukushima, Application of technology assessments into co-learning for regional transformation: A case study of biomass energy systems in Tanegashima, Sustainability Science, DOI: 10.1007/s11625-020-00801-1
  • 兼松祐一郎,大久保達也,菊池康紀,農林業地域における産業共生の計画プロセスのアクティビティモデルとデータモデル,化学工学論文集,43(5), (2017), 347-357. DOI: 10.1252/kakoronbunshu.43.347. (In Japanese)


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