Cities, Autonomy, and Decentralization in Japan addresses these new initiatives, providing a cogent compilation of case studies focusing on the past, present, and future of decentralization in Japan. These include small-scale developments in fields such as citizen participation (machizukuri), urban form and architecture, disaster prevention, and conservation of monuments. The book offers the first in-depth analysis of this development outside Japan, approaching the subject from a unique urban studies/planning perspective as opposed to the more common political science method. With contributions from a leading group of international scholars on Japanese urban planning, Cities, Autonomy, and Decentralization in Japan provides a valuable new addition to the current English-language literature.
|Publisher:||Taylor & Francis|
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About the Author
Carola Hein is Associate Professor in the Growth and Structure of Cities Program at Bryn Mawr College, USA.
Philippe Pelletier is Professor of Geography at Lumiere-Lyon 2 University, France.
Table of Contents
List of figures ix
List of tables xi
List of contributors xii
Preface and acknowledgments xv
Introduction: decentralization and the tension between global and local urban Japan Carola Hein Philippe Pelletier 1
Local initiatives and the decentralization of planning power in Japan Ishida Yorifusa 25
Concentration and deconcentration in the context of the Tokyo Capital Region Plan and recent crossborder networking concepts Nakabayashi Itsuki 55
Financial stress in the Japanese local public sector in the 1990s: situation, structural reasons, solutions Alain Schebath 81
Centralization, urban planning governance, and citizen participation in Japan Andre Sorensen 101
Machizukuri in Japan: a historical perspective on participatory community-building initiatives Watanabe Shun-Ichi J. 128
Whose Kyoto? Competing models of local autonomy and the townscape in the old imperial capital Christoph Brumann 139
Conclusion: decentralization policies - questioning the Japanese model Carola Hein Philippe Pelletier 164
Select glossary of terms 182