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Japanese Urban System


Part of the The GeoJournal Library book series (GEJL, volume 56)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Yuji Murayama
      Pages 3-7
  3. International Urban System

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 35-35
    2. Yuji Murayama
      Pages 37-57
  4. National Urban System

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 99-99
    2. Yuji Murayama
      Pages 101-113
    3. Yuji Murayama
      Pages 115-134
  5. Regional Urban System

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 171-171
    2. Yuji Murayama, Yuichi Hashimoto
      Pages 173-196
  6. Intra-Urban System

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 197-197
    2. Yuji Murayama
      Pages 199-207
    3. Yuji Murayama
      Pages 209-225
    4. Yuji Murayama
      Pages 227-235
  7. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 261-261

About this book


This book is an attempt to explain Japanese regional structure and associated dynamism in terms of urban systems. It is extremely effective to use the urban systems approach to explain the regional changes in today's Japan, which is undergoing changes wrought by economic globalization and the information revolution. This is because the transformation into a service economy has become the key component of the economic activities of cities, linkages are being mutually strengthened, and regional development is being determined by the interdependency of cities. Readers hoping to gain an understanding of the regional geography of Japan may feel that the structure and content of this book are lacking something. However, it is not the intention of this book to systematically paint a total geographical image of Japan within the context of East Asia. Instead, by focusing on urban systems theory, it might be possible to theorize about the factors related to the changing geography of Japan, such as the growth and decline processes of Japanese urban systems, the strengthening of ties among cities and associated factors, and the expansion of socioeconomic exchanges with cities overseas, from a perspective that is different from the conventional approach.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of GeoscienceUniversity of TsukubaJapan

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