Kobe University Monograph Series in Social Science Research

Privatization of Public City Gas Utilities

Editors: Kusanagi, Shinichi, Yanagawa, Takashi (Eds.)

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  • Focuses on the background, reasons, methods, and effects of the privatization of publicly owned city gas utilities in Japan
  • Understands Japan’s city gas industry in comparison with the experience of Europe and India
  • Explores future regulation of pipeline and future digitization business of city gas industry
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This book is a study on the Japanese city gas industry, which has been rapidly liberalized in recent years. Especially, it focuses on the background, reasons, methods, and effects of the privatization of publicly owned city gas utilities in Japan.  In Japan, after the Great East Japan Earthquake, the liberalization of the electric power and gas business has progressed rapidly. There are a number of studies on the reform of Japan's electricity market, but there are few studies on city gas business.

 

This book describes the state of Japan's public city gas utilities and the necessity of their privatization. And it explains the role of concession as a method of privatization. Then it verifies that the effects of past privatization cases are insufficient. The book also covers deregulation of public utilities in Europe, which triggered Japan's liberalization of its energy and other public utility sectors, and privatization of electricity and gas businesses in India, a developing country in Asia. Finally, this book explores future regulation and business of city gas industry. Pipeline network should be regulated to comply with future unbundling starting from 2022, and gas business altogether with electricity and water businesses need more digitization. 

About the authors

Takashi YanagawaKobe University 

Takashi Yanagawa is a professor at the Graduate School of Economics at Kobe University, Japan, where he specializes in industrial organization. His work includes Risks and Regulation of New Technologies (edited jointly with Tsuyoshi Matsuda and Jonathan Wolff, Springer, 2020), Introduction to Econo-Legal Studies (edited jointly with Hiroshi Takahashi and Shinya Ouchi, Yuhikaku, 2014, in Japanese; China Machine Press, 2017, in Chinese; and currently being translated into English), among others. At present he is working on research projects having to do with the competition policies of platform businesses, energy market reform under the Paris Agreement, and econo-legal studies.

He received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA. He was formerly the director of the Interfaculty Initiative in the Social Sciences at Kobe University and was also the vice-dean of the Organization for Advanced and Integrated Research at Kobe University. He was a visiting researcher at the Japan Fair Trade Commission, the London School of Economics, and the University of California at Berkeley. He was the president of the Japan Economic Policy Association and is currently a board member of the Japan Economic Policy Association and the Public Utility Economics Association. He is also a co-editor of the International Journal of Economic Policy Studies (Springer).

 

 

 

 

Shinichi Kusanagi

University of Hyogo

Shinichi Kusanagi is a professor of public utility law at the University of Hyogo, Japan. His research areas are public utility law and economic administrative law. He received his S.J.D. and LL.M. degrees from Keio University, Japan. He also received an LL.M. degree from Indiana University, USA, and an LL.B. from Keio University. He taught law and environment policy at the Evergreen State College in the USA as an exchange faculty member, and he was the dean of the School of Economics at the University of Hyogo. He received the Grand Award from the Japanese Society of Public Utility in 2018.

He is the author of The Energy Laws in the United States: Law and Policy in Economic and Environmental Regulations (Hakuto Shobo, 2017, in Japanese). He is also a co-author of The New Development of Energy Policy (Koyo Shobo, 2017, in Japanese), The Truth of Liberalization of Electricity and Gas (Energy Forum, 2017, in Japanese), Overall Electricity System Reform (Denki Shimbun, 2019, in Japanese), and The Study of Constitutional Law and Administrative Law from Lawsuits (Gakuyo Shobo, 2020, in Japanese). He was an editor of the Japan Social Innovation Journal from 2011 to 2020.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)
  • Privatization of Public City Gas Utilities in Japan: Reasons, Objectives, and Methods

    Pages 1-15

    Yanagawa, Takashi

  • Survival Analysis of Public Gas Utility Firms in the Japanese City Gas Industry

    Pages 17-36

    Myojo, Satoshi (et al.)

  • Concession in Infrastructure Management: A Case of Public Gas Service in Japan

    Pages 37-48

    Fukuda, Kenichiro

  • A Study on the Background and Issues of Privatization of Public City Gas Utilities in Japan—Implications by Comparing Several Business Analysis Indicators

    Pages 49-71

    Anayama, Teizo

  • Privatization of Public Utilities: Results from the UK Experiment

    Pages 73-96

    Nomura, Munenori

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eBook 85,59 €
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Hardcover 103,99 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Privatization of Public City Gas Utilities
Editors
  • Shinichi Kusanagi
  • Takashi Yanagawa
Series Title
Kobe University Monograph Series in Social Science Research
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Copyright Holder
Kobe University
eBook ISBN
978-981-15-8407-7
DOI
10.1007/978-981-15-8407-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-15-8406-0
Series ISSN
2524-504X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 143
Number of Illustrations
17 b/w illustrations, 24 illustrations in colour
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