28.慶應SFC 総合政策学部 片岡正昭 教授
- Professor Masaaki Kataoka
Introduction of the discussion
A “community bus” generally means a bus service that is different in character from a conventional bus business mainly operated by a business operator and that is mainly operated by municipalities.
However, the actual operation of the “community bus” is usually made by a private business company who has the technique and know-how of bus operation, and in reality the municipality itself operates only in the case of alternative bus on municipal abolition route.
The Mubus, which appeared in Musashino City, Tokyo in November 1995, played the pioneering role of the “community buses” that have spread throughout the country today. As already introduced in various places, it can be said that it is a success in realizing an attractive bus by making careful preparations and preliminary surveys until the start of operation and by accepting the users’ requests. It can be said that the “Mubus” effect on the whole country is very large.
Finding the problem
Then, how has the “community bus” that started in Musashino City spread all over the country?
The “community bus” spread throughout the country as a new transportation system due to the success of Musashino City Mubus, which had been independently examined and discussed.
However, in the specific examination and introducing process of the “community bus”, it is necessary to make a custom-made study that recognizes the differences in each local environment, and cross-references of other local governments are centered on the know-how of the study.
In this way, the spread of “community buses” was made by local governments trying to solve local problems autonomously, and it can be said that the efforts also generated a new framework for sharing roles with private bus operators.
Therefore, I would like to study the efforts of the “Children Watching System” that is spreading nationwide as well as the “Community Bus”.
Examining the conclusion
By studying with Professor Masaaki Kataoka, who specializes in research on local autonomy based on data analysis, I am sure that I could obtain various perspectives regarding my research and it would open up new horizons for me.
Therefore, I believe that Keio University’s Faculty of Policy Management is the most suitable place for pursuing my research and social contributions, and I am aspiring to enter your school and study in your laboratory.