Jul 14, 2009
On Saturday, July 4, 2009, the 1st "Hot Spring Renaissance Program Citizens' College Public Lecture" was held at Tsurumi-so Hotel, Beppu City and welcomed the traffic theory expert Kansai University Vice-President, Mr. Seiji ABE.
Under the theme of "Tourism Areas and Traffic Policy", Professor ABE delivered a lecture on the public transport system of Beppu, a consistently high ranking onsen tourist spot which annually attracts nearly 12 million tourists.
During his lecture and based on the results of a recent tourist trend survey from a range of different standpoints such as age, aims and modes of public transportation, Professor ABE stated that when it comes to deciding on a public traffic policy for Beppu, for pedestrian tourists to enjoy their time here there needs to be a coordinated traffic policy of footpath maintenance and bus/taxi road maintenance. The lecture was attended by a large number of members of the general public and students with an interest in traffic policy and proved to be a great opportunity to think about the future of Beppu.
Since AY2007, APU has been a recipient of funding under the Ministry of Education's "Contemporary Education Needs Initiative Support Program (Contemporary GP)" in the field of "Contributing to Regional Revitalization (Local Areas)". Its project entitled "Educational Systems that Utilize Student Capabilities for Community Contribution" was selected for the GP Award in July 2007. The lecture for local residents detailed here was held as part of that project.