• December 2017: The Taoyaka Program student Linghan Zhang was formally awarded “Excellent Student Scholarship 2017” by Hiroshima University. Congratulations!
  • 2017.12.07: International Seminar on Migration

Date & Time: 16:20 – 19:00, December 7
Venue: Large Meeting Room (1F), IDEC, Hiroshima University

Lecturer: Assoc. Prof. Cathy Yang Liu, Georgia State University
Managing Editor of Journal of Urban Affairs
Associate Editor for Regional Studies, Regional Science

16:20 – 17:50
Lecture (1): Immigrants’ Residential and Occupational Mobility in the U.S. and Local Policies
17:50 – 18:00 break
18:00 – 19:00
Lecture (2): Migrant Entrepreneurship and Urban Economic Development: Theories and Evidence from U.S. and China

  • 2017.04.10: The new term just started. Welcome newcomers!
    The new term just started. From this new term, the following members joined our lab. Warmly welcome!

(1) Dr. Wenyuan WANG, an associate professor, from Dalian University of Technology revisited our lab as a visiting scholar. She will stay until the end of March 2017.

(2) Mr. Setyo Nugroho started his first-year doctoral program under the Taoyaka Program for creating a flexible, enduring, peaceful society, JSPS Program for Leading Graduate Schools.

(3) Mr. Atsushi Kokubo started his first-year master course, after finishing a one-year undergraduate course in our lab, affiliated with the Faculty of Engineering, Hiroshima University.

(4) Ms. Laura Wallnöfer came to our lab and will stay here for half a year as an exchange student in the Joint Master Program of Sustainable Development between four European universities and Hiroshima University.

  • 2017.04.05: Prof. Zhang will co-organize the International Choice Modelling Conference (ICMC) in Kobe, Japan in the late summer of 2019, with Prof. Toshiyuki Yamamoto, Nagoya University, and Assoc. Prof. Nobuhiro Sanko, Kobe University.
    This was formally announced at the closing ceremony of the ICMC2017, Cape Town, South Africa.


  • 2017.03.08: The International Workshop on Mobilities and Urban Policy “Domestic Migration and its Consequences: Comparisons between Japan and China” was held at IDEC, Hiroshima University. This is sponsored by two research funds: Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B), JSPS (26303003: Trend of urbanization caused by rural migrant workers under the New China Urbanization Policy and its impacts on low-carbon urban development) and Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (A), JSPS (15H02271: Interdisciplinary research on policies promoting young people’s migration to and permanent residence in local cities). This workshop was also supported by the Committee of Infrastructure Planning and Management, Japan Society of Civil Engineers (JSCE).

10:00 ~ 10:10 Welcome Remarks

10:10 ~ 11:10 Keynote Speech

Anming ZHANG, Prof., The University of British Columbia, Canada; Visiting Prof., IDEC, Hiroshima University, Japan

Connectivity of intercity transportation in China: A multi-modal and network approach

11:10 ~ 11:30 Studies on China (1)

Junyi ZHANG, Prof., Hiroshima University

Review of China’ new-type urbanization policy

11:30 ~ 12:00 Studies on China (2)

Ying JIANG, Special Postdoctoral Researcher, Hiroshima University

Rural migrant workers, future residence, and energy consumption under the influence of China’ new-type urbanization policy

12:00 ~ 13:30 Lunch time

13:30 ~ 14:00 Studies on China (3)

Linghan ZHANG, Doctoral Candidate, Hiroshima University

Urban and Rural Connections: A case study on rural tourism in China

14:00 ~ 15:00 Book review: Moderated by Junyi ZHANG

Life-oriented Behavioral Research for Urban Policy (Springer)

15:00 ~ 15:30 Studies on Japan (1)

Junyi ZHANG, Prof., Hiroshima University

Domestic migration and public policies in Japan: A longitudinal analysis based on a discrete choice model with spatial context dependency

15:30 ~ 16:00 Studies on Japan (2)

Weiyan ZONG, Research student, Hiroshima University

Internal migration and life choices in Japan: An analysis based on an extension of the theory of planned behavior

16:00 ~ 16:30 Studies on Japan (3)

David PEREZ BARBOSA, Doctoral Candidate, Hiroshima University

High school students’ future life choices associated with social exclusion: A case study in Hiroshima Prefecture

16:30 ~ 17:10 Studies on Japan (4)

Hajime SEYA, Assoc. Prof., Kobe University

A spatial analysis on net migration in Hyogo Prefecture

17:10 ~ 17:50 Studies on Japan (5)

Zhenjiang SHEN, Prof., Kanazawa University

Development of agent-based model for simulation on residential mobility affected by downtown regeneration policy

17:50 ~ 18:00 Closing remarks

  • 2016.10.06: The welcome seminar for new comers was held.
  • 2016.09.09: 張峻屹教授は、東北大学で開催された土木計画学50周年関連行事の1つである全国大会研究討論会にて、”日本における研究環境&新テーマの発掘”と題する講演を行った。発表用資料はこのページの最下部からダウンロードすることができる。
  • 2016.08.07: The first TAOYAKA Program International Workshop, organized by the Program students, including David PEREZ BARBOSA, was just started! Our alumni, Dr. Masayuki Moriyama, CEO of VITALLead Co. Ltd., gave the first keynote speech.
  • 2016.07.30: EASTS ISC Hand-off Meeting was held in IDEC. During this meeting, Prof. Zhang partially handed over his ATS and Awarding Subcommittee job to Prof. Hironori Kato, The University of Tokyo. The journal of ATS was established by EASTS in 2009. Since then, Prof. Zhang first worked as the associate editor of ATS and since 2011, he has been working as the editor-in-chief. During his term, he successfully invited a majority of editors-in-chief of major SCI/SSCI transportation journals to be advisory board members of the ATS and several researchers who are productive in writing SCI/SSCI papers. Currently, ATS has obtained a much better international reputation than before. Prof. Zhang will quit from this position in October, 2016.
  • 2016.07.19: A Breakout Session #9 “Methods for Assessing Market Acceptance, Adoption, and Usage of AVs” at the Automated Vehicles Symposium 2016 was organized, where Prof. Zhang was a co-organizer. During this session, ownership and usage of automated vehicles (or self-driving vehicles) in the future were discussed from a behavioral perspective. 
    • Related to this, a special issue on automated vehicles (or self-driving vehicles) at Transportation Research Part A was just announced before the symposium. 
  • 2016.07.15: Prof. Zhang invited Prof. Yinhai Wang, University of Washington, to give a lecture on “Toward Smart and Connected Communities: Challenges and Opportunities in Transportation” at IDEC. This seminar was jointly organized as the 71th Taoyaka Seminar (The Leading Program, Hiroshima University), the 322th IDEC Seminar, and the ASMO Seminar as well as an International Seminar supported by Japan Society of Civil Engineers. Prof. Wang also served as an external reviewer of the doctoral dissertation examination committee for Ms. Ying JIANG.
  • 2016.07.13: Prof. Zhang made a presentation titled “Young people’s migration behavior in Japan: An analysis based on the life-oriented approach” at a special session “Young People on the Move” in the WCTRS2016 Shanghai Conference. Since Prof. Zhang organized the workshop “Young People’s Life Choices and Travel Behavior” at TRB2016 in January 2016, this special session is the second international gathering to discuss young people’s travel behavior associated with life choices.
  • 2016.07.11: Prof. Zhang chaired a session titled “Life Choice” in the WCTRS2016 Shanghai Conference. To my knowledge, this is the first time to have such a session on life choices in transportation conferences. Thus, the life-oriented approach has been attracting more and more attention from transportation researchers since the first workshop on the life-oriented approach in the IATBR2015 Conference.
  • 2016.07.07: Prof. Zhang made a call for papers “A Life-oriented Approach to Understanding Young People’s Activity-Travel Behavior“, together with Dr. Juan Antonio Carrasco (Universidad de Concepción, Chile) and Dr. Karthik Konduri (University of Connecticut), to The Transportation Research Board (TRB) 96th Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., January 8-12, 2017.
  • 2016.06.30 ~ 07.03: Prof. Zhang attended the 10th International Association for China Planning (IACP) Conference in Beijing and presented a research on rural migrant workers’ job mobility and future settlement in Chinese cities.
  • 2016.06.25 ~ 06.27: A joint seminar with The University of Tokyo was held in Shodo Island, Kagawa Prefecture. The island is famous for its olive products and the Angel Road, etc. B4, M2, D1, and D2 students joined the seminar and made presentations. This was also a good opportunity to experience regional revitalization issues and explore effective policies in the context of islands. 
  • 2016.06.24: Our lab organized a tour to visit the Hiroshima Ujina Port, the A-City, and Koyo Newtown together with JDS students. Especially, major officers of Hiroshima City and Prefecture as well as their collaborative organizations kindly accepted us to visit the port area under the heavy rain condition. The Ujina Port is the 6th largest port in Japan in transporting passengers (by the way, the Miyajima port is the largest one in Japan: more than 8.000,000 passengers)
  • 2016.06.01 ~ 06.04: Linghan Zhang attended the APTA Beijing Conference. APTA Conference is the largest tourism conference in the Asian and Pacific region.
  • 2016.05.16~05.18: Prof. Zhang gave lectures at Beijing University, Beihang University, and Beijing Jiaotong University.
  • 2016/01/10: Prof. Zhang organized a workshop “Young People’s Life Choices and Travel Behavior“, jointly sponsored by ADB10, ADB20 and ADB30 subcommittees of The Transportation Research Board (TRB) 95th Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., January 10, 2016.
    • Workshop outline
      • Setting the Stage
        • Abolfazl Mohammadian, University of Illinois, Chicago
      • How Typical is the Stereotype? An Analysis of the Travel Attitudes and Behavior of California Millennials
        • Patricia Mokhtarian, Georgia Institute of Tech (Georgia Tech)
      • I’m too old for this: technology engagement and cohort effects in forecasting activity and travel choices
        • Hani Mahmassani, Northwestern University
      • Revisiting Young People’s Behavior Based on the Life-oriented Approach
        • Junyi Zhang & Makoto Chikaraishi, Hiroshima University
      • Moderated Discussion
    • Workshop introduction by Junyi Zhang (see below: TRB2016_WS_Young_Intro.pdf >> at the bottom of this page)
    • Presentation by Junyi Zhang et al. (see below: TRB2016_WS_Young_Zhang et al.pdf >> at the bottom of this page)
    • Discussion paper
    • Workshop report
    • Speakers at the workshop
      • Keynote Speech: Consumption and happiness
        • Prof. Ruut VEENHOVEN, Emeritus Professor of Erasmus University Rotterdam; Director of the World Database of Happiness and founding editor of Journal of Happiness Studies
      • Resource Paper: Understanding changing travel behavior over the life course: Contributions from biographical research
        • Assoc. Prof. Kiron CHATTERJEE, University of the West of England
        • Assoc. Prof. Joachim SCHEINER, Dortmund University of Technology
      • Raising Big Questions
        • (1) Lifestyle based activity-travel behavior analysis, Assis. Prof. Veronique VAN ACKER, Univ. of Amsterdam & Ghent
        • (2) Travel Behavior Dynamics:  a Lifespan Perspective, Prof. Konstadinos G. GOULIAS, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara
    • A discussion paper and a workshop report written by Prof. Zhang will be published in the Proceedings of IATBR2015 (forthcoming).
    • First photo: The workshop room; Second photo: Prof. Veenhoven (the god father of happiness study) was speaking; Third photo: Prof. Zhang was talking with Prof. Daniel McFadden (the Nobel Economics Prize winner in 2002) during the IATBR conference.


New members joined!

  1. 2016.10.01: Welcome visiting scholar employed by the Linkage Program between IDEC and ITB: Dr. Wilmar Salim, Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB), Indonesia.
  2. 2016.10.01: Welcome new students: Baasansuren Dashzeveg (Mongolia), Nodira Muhamadalieva (Uzbekistan), Rika Sania (Indonesia), Tuqiang ZHOU (China), Weiyan ZONG (China).
  3. 2016/04/01: The following three members just joined in our lab: Linghan Zhang (D1: China), Hossain Aktar (M1: Bangladesh), Atsushi Kokubo (B4: Japan). Warmly Welcome!
  4. 2016/04/01: Mr. Ataeey Amanollah passes the entrance exam and just became a master course student. Congratulations!

New appointments

  1. 2016.10.01: Congratulations to Dr. Ying JIANG to be appointed as Special Post-doctoral Researcher by Hiroshima University.
  2. 2016.10.01: Congratulation to Dr. Yubing XIONG to be appointed as Assoc. Prof., Huadong Jiaotong University, China.
  3. 2016.08.25: Dr. Ying JIANG was successfully selected as a Special Postdoctoral Researcher of Hiroshima University. She will start her new research life from October, 2016.  姜影さんは平成28年度第2期広島大学特別研究員に選ばれました。2016年10月から同研究室で新しい研究生活をスタートします。


  1. 2016.09.20: Ying JIANG (D, China), Phommathat Khamphonemisay (M, Laos), and Moh Moh Tun (M, Myanmar) just graduated. Congratulations!
  2. 2015/09/30: One of my advised doctoral candidates, Ms. Yubing Xiong, was successfully awarded a doctor degree of engineering (Thesis title: Effects of Land Use and Transport on Quality of Life: A Life-oriented Behavioral Analysis).


  1. 2015.01.22: Ms. Ying JIANG was awarded as the 2014 Hiroshima University Excellent Student Scholarship. She is expected to graduate (currently, a doctoral candidate) in September 2016. One more great gift!
  2. 2014/09/11: The following paper was awarded as one of the Best Scientific Paper Awards by the 21st World Congress of Intelligent Transport Systems, Detroit, USA, September 7-11, 2014: A GPS-enabled Smart Phone App with Simplified Diagnosis Functions of Driving Safety and Warning Information Provision (Junyi ZHANG, Ying JIANG, Katsushi SASAKI, Masaki TSUBOUCHI, Takeshi MATSUSHITA, Toru KAWAI, Akimasa FUJIWARA).
  3. 2014.01.22: Ms. Yubing XIONG was awarded as the 2013 Hiroshima University Excellent Student Scholarship, before her graduation in September 2015. A great gift!


  1. “Life-oriented Behavioral Research for Urban Policy” will be soon published by Springer, edited by Prof. Junyi Zhang. This will be the first book about human behavior research from interdisciplinary perspective in the world
  2. “Routledge Handbook of Transport in Asia” will be published in 2017, edited by Profs. Junyi Zhang and Cheng-Min Feng.
  3. 2015/03/31: A Japanese book titled “市民生活行動学(Life-oriented Behavioral Studies)” was published by the Japan Society of Civil Engineers (Representative editor:JunyiZHANG). ISBN: 978-4-8106-0850-2; 374 pages
  4. 2013/06/30: Sustainable Transport Studies in Asia (Edited by Fujiwara A. and Zhang, J.; Published by Springer; 308 pages; ISBN 978-4-431-54378-7)


  1. 2015/04/01: A four-year research fund was approved: Interdisciplinary research on policies promoting young people’s migration to and permanent residence in local cities [Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (A), Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS); Principal researcher: Junyi Zhang; 2015.04~2019.03]
  2. 2014/04/01: A three-year research fund was approved: Trend of urbanization caused by rural migrant workers under the New China Urbanization Policy and its impacts on low-carbon urban development [Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B), Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS); Principal researcher: Junyi Zhang; 2014.04~2017.03]
  1. Four SCI/SSCI papers were already published!
    • Qingchang LU, Junyi ZHANG, Lingling WU, A.B.M. Sertajur RAHMAN (2016) Job and residential location changes responding to floods and cyclones: An analysis based on a cross-nested logit model. Climate Change. doi:10.1007/s10584-016-1740-z
    • Minh Tu TRAN, Junyi ZHANG, Makoto CHIKARAISHI, Akimasa FUJIWARA (2016) A joint analysis of residential location, work location and commuting mode choices in Hanoi, Vietnam. Journal of Transport Geography, 54, 181–193
    • Lingling WU, Junyi ZHANG, Qingchang LU, ABM Sertajur RAHMAN (2016) Tourist adaptation behavior in response to climate disasters in Bangladesh. Journal of Sustainable Tourism. DOI:10.1080/09669582.2016.1195837
    • David Perez Barbosa, Junyi Zhang, Hajime Seya (2016) Effects of the Residential Environment on Health in Japan Linked with Travel Behavior. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 13, 190; doi:10.3390/ijerph13020190
  2. Linghan Zhang did a good job!
    • She was enrolled into the IDEC and TAOYAKA Programs just in April, 2016, but she already gave four presentations at international conferences and wrote a chapter for a Springer book.
      • Presentations
        • Linghan ZHANG, Ying JIANG, Junyi ZHANG (2016) Rural migrant workers’ intention to stay in cities under China’s new urbanization policy. Presented at the 10th International Association for China Planning (IACP), Beijing, China, June 30 – July 3. (Submitted to the special issue “Rural migrants in transitional urban China: Marginality, agency and social justice” in Journal of Urban Affairs)
        • Linghan ZHANG, Junyi ZHANG (2016) How tourism behavior contributes to the quality of life of the elderly people in depopulated areas of Japan? Paper presented at the Asian Symposium on Sustainable Tourism for Development – AST4D 2016, Hiroshima, Japan, April 28-29.
        • Linghan ZHANG, Bing ZUO (2016) Tourism experience in red tourism based on the generation theory. Paper presented at the Asian Symposium on Sustainable Tourism for Development – AST4D 2016, Hiroshima, Japan, April 28-29.
        • Linghan ZHANG, Yubing XIONG, Junyi ZHANG (2016) Aging population and tourism: a life-oriented approach to improve the quality of life in depopulated areas of Japan. The 2016 ISQOLS (International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies) Annual Conference, Seoul, South Korea, August 25-27.
      • Chapter in book
        • Linghan ZHANG, Lingling WU, Junyi ZHANG (2016) Life-oriented tourism behavior research. In: Junyi ZHANG (ed.), Life-oriented Behavioral Research for Urban Policy, Springer, Chapter 8.
Long-term oversea research activity
  1. 2016/07/05: Dr. Xiong started her three-month research in Germany.


  1. 2010/04/01: The website of the life-oriented approach was created: here.
Website of our lab
  1. 2016/08/02: The website of our lab was formally established!