The Rise in Vacant Housing in Post-growth Japan

Housing Market, Urban Policy, and Revitalizing Aging Cities
 
 
Springer (Verlag)
  • erschienen am 16. Juli 2019
 
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  • Hardcover
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  • XVI, 175 Seiten
978-981-13-7919-2 (ISBN)
 

This book explores how Japanese cities have transformed since the 1950s by describing housing and urban planning policies, urbanization processes, and maps with GIS analysis. It also discusses how housing vacancies have increased in shrinking Japanese cities, with case studies in Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima, and Utsunomiya, and examines public-private partnerships and civil engagement to revitalize cities. Providing examples of how Japanese cities have addressed the issues of aging populations and urban shrinkage, it contributes to better decision-making by politicians, planners, local authorities, NPOs, and local communities in many rapidly urbanizing and potentially aging regions such as Asia.

In the era of urban shrinkage, Japanese cities have struggled with aging populations, low fertility, population loss, and a decline in the economic base over decades. In particular, shrinkage in metropolitan suburbs and large cities (e.g., sites of prefectural government with 300 000-400 000 inhabitants) has caused serious social problems owing to the huge aging population and large areas covered. One typical problem that has emerged is an increase in vacancies in now empty and abandoned housing.

1st ed. 2020
  • Englisch
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  • 29 s/w Abbildungen, 24 farbige Abbildungen
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  • Bibliographie
  • Höhe: 241 mm
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  • Breite: 156 mm
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  • Dicke: 17 mm
  • 473 gr
978-981-13-7919-2 (9789811379192)
10.1007/978-981-13-7920-8
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Tomoko Kubo is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences of the University of Tsukuba, Japan. She is an urban geographer working in the field of housing studies. She is currently the Chair of the Urban Geography Commission's Young Scholar (YS) Committee of the International Geographical Union (IGU) after winning its 2012 YS Paper competition, and a board member of the Research Committee on Housing and the Built Environment (RC43) of the International Sociological Association (ISA). Her research interests include urbanization and the housing market, urban and housing policy, residential choices under socioeconomic changes, single women's homeownership, shrinking cities and their revitalization, and aging suburbs in Japan.

Yoshimichi Yui is a Professor at the Graduate School of Education of Hiroshima University, Japan. He is currently a board member of the UNESCO Associated School Project University Network. His research interests include housing studies in geography, urban geography, aging, town planning, welfare, gender, childcare, revitalizing housing estates, and geography education.

Preface (Yui and Kubo)

PART ONE: Housing market, urbanization, and housing vacancies in Japan

1. Why the rise in urban housing vacancies oc-curred and matters in Japan (Kubo and Mashita)

2. Mapping the problems of housing vacancies in Japan (Wakabayashi)

3. Changes in essential facilities of housing estates in an aging society: the failure of city planning in Japan (Yui)

PART TWO: CASE STUDIES

4. Geodemographic characteristics of vacant houses in the resale condominium market in the Kansai metropolitan area (Kamimura, Uesugi, and Yano)

5. The decline in price of suburban secondhand hosuing in Hiroshima city (Yui)

6. Distribution of vacant homes in Tama city in the Tokyo metropolitan area: estimation using GIS and small area statistics (Miyazawa)

7. Urban abandonment and housing vacancies in Japanese local cities: a case of Kyo-machiya, traditional wooden town houses (Yano)

8. A problem of vacant housing in local cities: Utsunomiya city, Tochigi prefecture case study (Nishiyama)

PART THREE: Measures for revitalizing cities

9. Revitalizing old houses "Kominka" by private real estate agencies (Nishiyama)

10. Local responses to a rise in housing vacancies in the Nagoya suburbs (Kubo and Otsuka)

This book explores how Japanese cities have transformed since the 1950s by describing housing and urban planning policies, urbanization processes, and maps with GIS analysis. It also discusses how housing vacancies have increased in shrinking Japanese cities, with case studies in Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima, and Utsunomiya, and examines public-private partnerships and civil engagement to revitalize cities. Providing examples of how Japanese cities have addressed the issues of aging populations and urban shrinkage, it contributes to better decision-making by politicians, planners, local authorities, NPOs, and local communities in many rapidly urbanizing and potentially aging regions such as Asia. In the era of urban shrinkage, Japanese cities have struggled with aging populations, low fertility, population loss, and a decline in the economic base over decades. In particular, shrinkage in metropolitan suburbs and large cities (e.g., sites of prefectural government with 300 000-400 000 inhabitants) has caused serious social problems owing to the huge aging population and large areas covered. One typical problem that has emerged is an increase in vacancies in now empty and abandoned housing.

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