The Making of Urban Japan
Cities and Planning from Edo to the Twenty First Century
By (author) Andrew Sorensen
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Making of Urban Japan by Andrew Sorensen
Book DescriptionDuring the twentieth century, Japan was transformed from a poor, primarily rural country into one of the world's largest industrial powers and most highly urbanised countries. Interestingly, while Japanese governments and planners borrowed carefully from the planning ideas and methods of many other countries, Japanese urban planning, urban governance and cities developed very differently from those of other developed countries. Japan's distinctive patterns of urbanisation are partly a product of the highly developed urban system, urban traditions and material culture of the pre-modern period, which remained influential until well after the Pacific War. A second key influence has been the dominance of central government in urban affairs, and its consistent prioritisation of economic growth over the public welfare or urban quality of life. Andre Sorensen examines Japan's urban trajectory from the mid-nineteenth century to the present, paying particular attention to the weak development of Japanese civil society, local governments, and land development and planning regulations.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415226516
(234mm x 156mm x 25mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 18-Apr-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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