How can Chuo students get engaged in regional revitalization?




It is 38 years since Chuo University moved to Hachioji, located in one corner of the Tama Hills in Tokyo’s western suburbs. This region embraces Tama New Town, a large housing complex developed in the early 1970’s. It has been losing much of its vibrancy in the past due mainly to the aging of its population. Many shops in the area keep their shutters closed. Municipalities and residents are making various efforts to revitalize their dwindling community. Hakumon Herald tries to find out how Chuo students get engaged in such initiatives and how they should keep up their own efforts as members of the community. (Editors)