The Japanese City
In this collection an interdisciplinary group of international scholars seek to understand and explain the process and characteristics shaping the modern Japanese city. With frequent comparisons to the American city, they consider such topics as urban landscapes, the quality of life in the suburbs, spatial mixing of social classes in the city, land use planning and control, environmental pollution, and images of the city in Japanese literature.
The only book on the subject, The Japanese City surveys the important literature and highlights the current issues in urban studies. The numerous photographs, maps, tables, and graphs, combined with the high quality of the contributions, offer a comprehensive look at the contemporary Japanese city.
Contributors: William Burton, David L. Callies, Roman Cybriwsky, Kuniko Fujita, Theodore J. Gilman, Richard Child Hill, P.P. Karan, Robert Kidder, Cotton Mather, and Kohei Okamoto.
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"An interesting and readable volume that certainly makes a contribution to the slim English-language literature on Japanese cities and Japanese geography."—Geographical Review
"The reader will find informed comments on land use and planning, urban restructuring, social classes, landmarks and cultural symbols, historical consciousness and, of course, environmental pollution; the focus is on contemporary Japan. The book excellently demonstrates that a topic as complex as Japanese cities can only be understood through a multidisciplinary approach."—Journal of Asian Studies
"Relatively little attention has been paid in the field of Japanese studies to the regional and local levels. The Japanese City therefore makes a valuable contribution to the field with its interdisciplinary look at the city."—Miranda A. Schreurs
"An important new contribution to research about Japanese urbanism."—Pacific Affairs
"A welcome addition to the study of Japanese cities."—Urban Studies
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