Japan and an Asian Perspective

  • Hidefumi Imura


This final chapter is the epilogue of the book. It provides a quick glance at economic development in Asia in the trend of market globalization and briefly discusses its implications in the light of Japanese experiences. From a holistic point of view, the historical processes of the emergence of environmental problems and the evolution of environmental measures and policy in Asian countries including Japan occurred with only short time lags, and they exhibit common features and similar patterns in many respects. Environmental policies in China, India, and ASEAN countries will be closely coupled with both global and national economic growth and structural transformation. Meanwhile, the Great East Japan Earthquake occurred in Japan in March 2011, involving tsunami and the meltdown of nuclear power plants. The consequences of the failures in nuclear power plants have caused interrelated, profound, and complex impacts on Japan’s economy, energy, and environment issues, casting a large shadow on initiatives aiming to create a low-carbon society.


Nuclear Power Plant Clean Development Mechanism Smart Grid Power Utility Great East Japan Earthquake 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


  1. 1.
    Imura H (2012) The evolution of environmental policy. In: Toyoda T, Nishikawa J, Sato HK (eds) Economic and policy lessons from Japan to developing countries. Palgrave, Basingstoke, pp 217–235Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Imura H, Schreurs M (eds) (2005) Environmental policy in Japan. Edward Elgar, Washington, DC, pp 1–424Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Imura H (2010) Eco-cities: re-examining concepts and approaches. In: Fook LL, Gang C (eds) Toward liveable and sustainable urban environment, eco-cities in east. World Scientific Publishing, Singapore, pp 19–46Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Japan 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • Hidefumi Imura
    • 1
  1. 1.Yokohama City UniversityYokohamaJapan

Personalised recommendations