We conduct surveys/research aimed at resolving social issues in order to create comfortable lives, vibrant communities, and sustainable societies. We then disseminate our findings and offer recommendations to bring this goal closer.
We will continue to adhere to the following three basic stances:
A well-known Japanese saying tells us that “Osaka no kuidaore, Kyo no kidaore” (people from Osaka ruin themselves by spending on food, whereas people from Kyoto ruin themselves by spending on clothing). In retrospect, Osaka developed as a castle town built by Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1536-1598) in accordance with town planning that remains valid today. In the Edo Period (1603-1867), Osaka thrived as a commercial city due to its great accessibility. Merchants and townspeople collaborated in the construction of bridges over many rivers and canals, sustaining the development of Osaka. However, Osaka suffered from frequent floods, which often swept away these bridges, with bridge piles (kui) collapsing (daore). One theory holds that this is the etymology of the word “kuidaore” in the above-introduced saying. In this manner, there are a number of expressions that preserve memories unique to local regions. In 1931 (Showa 6), the keep tower of Osaka Castle was reconstructed by donations from Osaka citizens. As a town building approach, area management is currently implemented in various towns in Osaka. I feel that this approach shares the same context as that in the historical activities of townspeople who constructed bridges across the rivers flowing through the old Osaka Sango (Three Quarters). Today we live in a super-aging society with a declining population. We at the Research Institute for Culture, Energy and Life (CEL) will consider and discuss what lessons we should learn from the past, how we should live today, and how society, industries and lifestyles will change or how we should change them in the future. We will then disseminate our findings and offer recommendations.