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Cities, Autonomy, and Decentralization in Japan : Routledge Contemporary Japan - Carola Hein

Cities, Autonomy, and Decentralization in Japan

Routledge Contemporary Japan

By: Carola Hein (Editor), Philippe Pelletier (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 15th June 2006
ISBN: 9780415326032
Number Of Pages: 199

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Adding a new perspective to the current literature on decentralization in Japan, Cities, Autonomy and Decentralization in Japan, approaches the subject from an urban studies and planning approach. The essays in the collection present a cogent compilation of case studies focusing on the past, present and future of decentralization in Japan. These include small scale development in the fields such as citizen participation (machizukuri), urban form and architecture, disaster prevention and conservation of monuments.

The contributors suggest that new trends are emerging after the bursting of Japan's economic bubble and assess them in the context of the country's larger socio-political system. This in-depth analysis of the development outside of Japan provides a valuable addition to students of Urban, Asian and Japanese Studies.

List of figuresp. ix
List of tablesp. xi
List of contributorsp. xii
Preface and acknowledgmentsp. xv
Introduction: decentralization and the tension between global and local urban Japanp. 1
Local initiatives and the decentralization of planning power in Japanp. 25
Concentration and deconcentration in the context of the Tokyo Capital Region Plan and recent crossborder networking conceptsp. 55
Financial stress in the Japanese local public sector in the 1990s: situation, structural reasons, solutionsp. 81
Centralization, urban planning governance, and citizen participation in Japanp. 101
Machizukuri in Japan: a historical perspective on participatory community-building initiativesp. 128
Whose Kyoto? Competing models of local autonomy and the townscape in the old imperial capitalp. 139
Conclusion: decentralization policies - questioning the Japanese modelp. 164
Select glossary of termsp. 182
Indexp. 190
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ISBN: 9780415326032
ISBN-10: 0415326036
Series: Routledge Contemporary Japan
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 199
Published: 15th June 2006
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.23 x 16.05  x 1.75
Weight (kg): 0.47
Edition Number: 1