APU First University to Partner with Japanese National Parks


Feb 12, 2019

TOKYO - APU is the first-ever university to join the Ministry of the Environment’s National Parks Official Partnership Program. On January 21, President Deguchi attended a partnership agreement signing ceremony at the Ministry of the Environment along with representatives from 11 other new official partners.

At the ceremony, Minister of the Environment Yoshiaki Harada welcomed attendees and was followed by remarks from the representatives of each partner institution as well as Yutaka Shoda, the Director of the Nature Conservation Bureau.

In his speech, President Deguchi said, “I am very honored that APU was selected as the first university to become a National Parks Official Partner. With international students coming from around the world and cooperative partnerships with the municipalities of Oita Prefecture, APU is both a global and a local university. I look forward to taking a global view of Japan’s national parks and issuing proposals by way of conducting research and disseminating information about the nearby Aso-Kuju National Park.”

By signing this partnership agreement, APU hopes to create a model case for collaboration between the government and a university. Students and faculty will undertake the following initiatives in the Aso-Kuju National Park:

  • (1) Conduct awareness surveys with foreign tourists
  • (2) Propose and implement a wildlife tourism program and other tourism policies and programs
  • (3) Implement a study and issue proposals about tourism development and destination management for the Aso-Kuju National Park
  • (4) Implement a human resources development program to heighten understanding and interest of national parks

The National Parks Official Partner Program is a Ministry of the Environment initiative in which it partners with companies and other organizations to publicize to the world the scenic beauty of Japan’s national parks and increase the number of national park users from within Japan and abroad. It was established in November 2016 and includes 61 Official Partners.

List of New Official Partners

Akan Tourism Association & Community Development Organization ICI Ishii-sports Co., Ltd.
Camping with Soul Japan Ltd. San'in Tourism Organization
The Inland Sea Setouchi Tourism Authority Sogo Service Corporation
BOJ Inc. Mitsui Fudosan Co., Ltd.
Mitsubishi Estate Co., Ltd. Minnano Iju Keikaku
Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University Les Clefs d'Or Japan

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