Realisation of a bio-community
where regional resources are fully circulated

To realise the building of a food-producing society around rice fields
where young people can continue to thrive
by utilising the abundant resources and technology
and successfully passing on “KOME-DOKORO” Niigata to future generations.

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Professor, Department of Science of Technology Innovation
Nagaoka University of Technology

Wataru Ogasawara

“The rice fields of the “KOME-DOKORO” Niigata region are in a critical situation. What roles do universities play to tackle this situation? What should scientists do? What does “university rooted in the region” mean? Many university researchers in Japan are now asking themselves these questions.

The philosophy of the Nagaoka University of Technology is to “scientifically investigate technology.” After all, we are not just Nagaoka University of “Science and Technology”.

The roles of this Centre in the “KOME-DOKORO” Niigata region are to learn the “master craftsmanship (skills) of farmers” using the “power of science” to add value to them, and to impart this knowledge and successfully pass on the rice fields to the next generation. We aim to make agriculture profitable and attractive to young people. We are convinced that this project, which uses rice fields as a research field and is centred around nature with the focus on the latest science, will be an attractive area for university researchers.

We will co-create future rice fields with farmers and other industries to foster a bio-community, while fully circulating regional bio-resources. We intend to make this project one that allows citizens to start seeing rice fields as their own rather than belonging to someone else.

We want the world to fully understand Japan’s “KOME” culture. We will make “KOME-DOKORO COI-NEXT” open to all. Thank you for your continued support.

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President, Nagaoka University of Technology

Shigeharu Kamado

The University has promoted advanced research and technological development and has worked to reinvigorate local industries through social implementation of technological advancements.
This project will contribute to the revitalization of the “KOME-DOKORO” Niigata region by bringing together technologies from various fields at the University to address serious regional issues related to agriculture, such as falling rice prices, soaring fertilizer prices, and the lack of successors to the farming industry. We will continue our efforts to realize a recycling-oriented society while engaging in dialogue with the local community.

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Mayor, Nagaoka City

Tatsunobu Isoda

Nagaoka is a “KOME-DOKORO” city, with 25% of its area covered by farmland, and boasts the second largest rice production in Japan as well as a thriving sake and rice confectionery and other rice-related industries. However, the city’s population is seriously declining and the city is working on various measures to overcome this issue, with the goal of “creating a town where young people can confidently settle down.”

In 2021, we were recognised as one of the four bio-community centres in Japan by the Cabinet Office and will continue to work diligently toward the realisation of the goal of building a self-reliant bio-community in close collaboration with Nagaoka University of Technology.

Cultivating the Future of Rice Fields

Cultivating the Future of Rice Fields logo

This logo features the image of a landscape centred on rice fields.
It is an easy-to-understand expression of the future and regional co-creation centred around rice fields.
The surrounding dotted circle signifies innovations of the future and also represents circulation.