Cities, Autonomy, and Decentralization in Japan

Cities, Autonomy, and Decentralization in Japan


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415546966
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 05/26/2009
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.46(d)

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
Index     190

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