Tokyo as a Global City

New Geographical Perspectives

  • Toshio Kikuchi
  • Toshihiko Sugai

Part of the International Perspectives in Geography book series (IPG, volume 8)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Toshihiko Sugai, Hiroko Matsushima (Ogami), Takeshi Ishihara
    Pages 1-18
  3. Masumi Zaiki, Takehiko Mikami
    Pages 35-52
  4. Shinya Numata, Tetsuro Hosaka
    Pages 53-68
  5. Lidia Sasaki
    Pages 69-90
  6. Ryo Iizuka, Toshio Kikuchi, Tadayuki Miyachi, Mitsuru Yamamoto
    Pages 137-154
  7. Yu Okamura
    Pages 197-211
  8. Eranga Ranaweerage, Takayuki Arima, Toshio Kikuchi
    Pages 247-266
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 329-334

About this book


This book examines Tokyo’s changes, current challenges, and future trends through a new kind of regional geography and serves as an important source of comprehensive information about the past, present, and future perspectives of Tokyo as a global city. Regional geography relies on two main approaches. The traditional one addresses each geographical element of a region individually and in depth, in a descriptive and static manner. The other focuses on a region’s specific phenomena and realities as a starting point and proceeds to identify the region’s constituent elements and their interactions, which it records and explains in a systematic and dynamic manner. The present volume, unlike its predecessors, relies on the dynamic approach and endeavors to offer a fresh view of Tokyo’s new and diverse geographical realities, analyzed in a holistic, systematic manner allowing identification of its specific features.

The book covers a broad range of topics including landform variations and volcanic activity, biodiversity concerns, transportation management, waste management, population issues, religious functions, and urban tourism, all of which facilitate understanding of the unique characteristics of Tokyo.  Extensive views from different fields of studies make the book a valuable reference to comprehend both the development of Tokyo into a global city and its sustainability.


Geography of Tokyo Demographics of Tokyo Logistics in Tokyo Regional geography Waste management in Tokyo Natural and urban environment Spatial planning in Tokyo Tokyo's biodiversity Cultural and historical background Globalization Sustainability

Editors and affiliations

  • Toshio Kikuchi
    • 1
  • Toshihiko Sugai
    • 2
  1. 1.Graduate School of Urban Environmental SciencesTokyo Metropolitan UniversityHachiohjiJapan
  2. 2.Department of Natural Environmental Studies, Faculty of Frontier SciencesThe University of TokyoKashiwaJapan

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