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Beyond the Limits to Growth

New Ideas for Sustainability from Japan

Authors: Komiyama, Hiroshi

  • Provides fresh insights to the challenges of and pathways to sustainable societies
  • Includes a chapter on the realistic development of “platinum societies” that will serve as models for the future
  • Shows how new consumer demand for quality will determine the development of new sustainable technologies in both developed and developing countries
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About this book

At a time when contemporary challenges seem to many to be insurmountable, this book offers an optimistic view of the future and provides a road map for societies to get there. Drawing upon extensive research and many years as a thought leader in environmental and sustainability issues in Japan and internationally, Hiroshi Komiyama analyzes the most pressing challenges to the attainment of sustainability of economically advanced nations and argues forcefully for Japan to lead them out of the present dilemma through active promotion of creative consumer and societal demand. He shows how an active industry–government–academic partnership can provide the environment needed to promote such new creative demand and illustrates its potential through presentation of a Platinum Society Network that was launched on a regional basis in Japan in 2010 to facilitate the solution of common issues through the exchange of information and ideas. What is perhaps most surprising about the text is its unwavering optimism supported by hard evidence, history, and insightful observation. Problems arising from new paradigms of the 21st century (what the author refers to as “exploding knowledge, limited Earth resources, and aging societies“) thwart sustainable development in advanced and developing countries alike. All countries will struggle with issues that evolve from these paradigms including diminishing resources, expanding budget deficits, and growing global environmental problems. This window on potential practical pathways and solutions should be of interest to all those engaged in seeking ways to meet these contemporary challenges.

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“This book on sustainable development … is an exceptional text, scientifically supported, very well written and agreeable to read that approaches in a very clever and optimistic way that issue. Due to the very well achieved conceptual frame, practical examples, new ideas and clues on the sustainable development subject it can serve as book text in graduate and post-graduate courses. Also indispensable for policy makers, managers and economists. Important for the whole people concerned with Earth future.” (Manuel Alberto M. Ferreira, International Journal of Latest Trends in Finance & Economic Sciences, Vol. 6 (1), March, 2016)


Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • “Diffusive Demand” and “Creative Demand—Overcoming Product Saturation with Demand for Innovation”

    Komiyama, Hiroshi

    Pages 1-12

  • The Twenty-First Century Paradigm and the Role of Information Technology

    Komiyama, Hiroshi

    Pages 13-26

  • “Vision 2050” to the Rescue of a “Limited Earth”

    Komiyama, Hiroshi

    Pages 27-45

  • Finding a Way Out Through Creative Demand, I

    Komiyama, Hiroshi

    Pages 47-70

  • Finding a Way Out Through Creative Demand, II

    Komiyama, Hiroshi

    Pages 71-83

Buy this book

eBook  
  • ISBN 978-4-431-54559-0
  • This book is an open access book, you can download it for free on link.springer.com
Hardcover $59.99
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  • ISBN 978-4-431-54558-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $59.99
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  • Due: November 11, 2016
  • ISBN 978-4-431-56174-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Beyond the Limits to Growth
Book Subtitle
New Ideas for Sustainability from Japan
Authors
Series Title
Science for Sustainable Societies
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer Japan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and the Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-4-431-54559-0
DOI
10.1007/978-4-431-54559-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-4-431-54558-3
Softcover ISBN
978-4-431-56174-3
Series ISSN
2197-7348
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIX, 103
Number of Illustrations and Tables
1 b/w illustrations, 29 illustrations in colour
Additional Information
Original Japanese edition published by Toyo Keizai Inc., Tokyo, 2011
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