On October 27th, 2012, the university student competition Public Policy Forum 2012 in Sasayama was held by the Public Policy Studies Association Japan in Sasayama City, Hyogo Prefecture.
The theme of the competition was regional revitalization.
21 teams from 17 universities competed by creating and presenting theses and PowerPoint presentations.
Hosono's seminar from the Faculty of Policy Studies, Chuo University gave a presentation entitled 6-Fold Industrialization of Sasayama City. The presentation was awarded the Grand Prize (Chairperson's Prize of the Public Policy Studies Association Japan) in recognition of the consistency between the presentation contents and direction of administrative policy, as well as the form of the presentation.