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Implementation of the first college-linked residential community for older adults in Japan

New types of residential communities based on the “intellectual tie” have been created in the USA. One notable example is the “college-linked residential community” for older adults. This type of residence is usually located on or near a university campus. The university is sometimes involved with the management of the residential community as well.


These types of residential communities haven’t got any standardized name in the USA like campus-based community and college-affiliated community. I introduced the examples from the USA here in Japan for the first time on the Nikkei newspaper on May 19th, 2004, with my naming of the “college-linked senior residential community”. There was a huge response to this article and subsequently the concept of the “college-linked senior residential community” spread all around the country.


“Retirement Homes in Universities Are Getting Popular in the USA”

Evening edition of Nikkei newspaper, May 19th, 2004


Class at college-linked community

I also brought the first “college-linked senior residential community” in Japan to fruition, which is Club Encourage Mikage in Mikage, Kobe city. I worked as one of the managing directors of the company to realize this epoch-making project, having concluded a collaboration agreement with Kansai University, one of the major private universities in Kansai District.


There is a new project going on in Kashiwa city, Chiba prefecture called the “Kashiwa-No-Ha College-Linked Program at Chiba University”. This is a new project to link the residents of the city with the college there. The underlying concept is what I call the “knowledge-link”, an extended version of the “college-link”.


Retirement Moratorium: What Will the Not-Retired Boomers Change?

Chapter 10: A new intellectually connected lifestyle called the college-linked.

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