Kamiyama Tsunagu Corporation was established in April, 2016.
Japan's population is increasingly concentrated in Tokyo, and the population is falling in many regions.
In May 2015, a private think tank published a report estimating that 896 municipalities will vanish by 2040. The national government is trying to stem the population decline in rural areas with something called "regional revitalization",and many policies have been put in place to achieve this.
In 2015, working groups was formed in Kamiyama consisting of about thirty residents and young town hall employees, and over several study sessions and discussions they formulated a revitalization plan called the “Machi wo Shorai Sedai ni Tsunagu Project (The Project to Connect the Town to Future Generations)”.
In our first year, we initiated a collective housing project for people of child-rearing age,
a project to renovate and use old homes that are vacant and have begun to decay,
and projects that allow local children from daycare up to high school age to participate in educational opportunities unique to Kamiyama. Each project is connected, and includes thorough face-to-face information sharing with stakeholders, in particular with local residents.
The intent is to work comprehensively to stem population decline in the region.
The Project to Connect the Town to Future Generations strives to create a place with a diversity of talented people who have good relationships with one another both within Kamiyama and together with its connections further afield, in a supportive place where new activities and jobs are created at a manageable pace.
The Kamiyama Tsunagu Corporation leads this project as an intermediary organization to support these endeavors in a position between the government and the region.