Feb 5, 2010
On Tuesday, February 2, 2010, the Mayor of Bungo-Takada City, Mr. NAGAMATSU Hirofumi and his entourage visited APU and enjoyed a discussion with President KORENAGA Shun and Vice-President HONMA Masao about future cooperation and collaborations.
As examples of research and development initiatives done in collaboration with the local region, President KORENAGA described the pilot CO2 reduction and carbon credit project underway between APS Professor TSUKADA Shunso and Kitsuki City, and the joint-research underway between Professor Monte CASSIM and Ajimu (Usa City) to investigate the effects of global warming on wine. President KORENAGA commented, "We have many experts from a range of fields in our faculty and Bungo-Takada boasts a history of Buddhist culture dating back thousands of years. I am sure that together we can engage in a range of academic collaboration in addition to international interaction and exchange".
Mayor NAGAMATSU gave an introduction of his City's "educational urban development" initiatives to raise academic and sporting ability at the primary and junior high school level and spoke of his future aspirations to make the Kunisaki Peninsula, its tourist spots, and Buddhist history more well-known overseas.
Blessed with a warm climate and a current population of 25,000, Bungo-Takada City was established in March, 2005 when Bungo-Takada, Kakaji Town and Matama Town amalgamated. During the Heian period, Bungo-Takada comprised part of "Usa Jingu" shrine's demesne lands and with this economic backing, gave birth to the unique "ROKUGOU MANZAN" culture. The region's abundant nature and cultural history remain popular throughout Oita and further afield.