Advances in Geographical and Environmental Sciences

The Rise in Vacant Housing in Post-growth Japan

Housing Market, Urban Policy, and Revitalizing Aging Cities

Editors: Kubo, Tomoko, Yui, Yoshimichi (Eds.)

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    Includes numerous case studies that clearly illustrate the problems and changes in Japanese society
     
    Provides information for academics and the public at large, including background, case studies, and solution strategies

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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.

About the authors

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.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)
  • Why the Rise in Urban Housing Vacancies Occurred and Matters in Japan

    Pages 3-22

    Kubo, Tomoko (et al.)

  • Mapping the Problems of Housing Vacancies in Japan

    Pages 23-31

    Wakabayashi, Yoshiki

  • Changes in Essential Facilities of Housing Estates in an Aging Society: The Failure of City Planning in Japan

    Pages 33-42

    Yui, Yoshimichi

  • Geodemographic Characteristics of Vacant Houses in the Resale Condominium Market in the Kansai Metropolitan Area

    Pages 45-72

    Kamimura, Yoji (et al.)

  • The Decline in Price of Suburban Secondhand Housing in Hiroshima City

    Pages 73-85

    Yui, Yoshimichi

Buy this book

eBook $109.00
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  • ISBN 978-981-13-7920-8
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $149.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-981-13-7919-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Rise in Vacant Housing in Post-growth Japan
Book Subtitle
Housing Market, Urban Policy, and Revitalizing Aging Cities
Editors
  • Tomoko Kubo
  • Yoshimichi Yui
Series Title
Advances in Geographical and Environmental Sciences
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
eBook ISBN
978-981-13-7920-8
DOI
10.1007/978-981-13-7920-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-13-7919-2
Series ISSN
2198-3542
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 175
Number of Illustrations
29 b/w illustrations, 24 illustrations in colour
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