Can Satoyama Offer a Realistic Solution for a Low Carbon Society? Public Perception and Challenges Arising

  • Yuuki IwataEmail author
  • Takakazu Yumoto
  • Yukihiro Morimoto
Part of the Ecological Research Monographs book series (ECOLOGICAL)


This chapter aims to analyze public perception in Japan of rural landscapes, known as Satoyama, and to investigate the possible future role of Satoyama in relationship to the development of a low carbon society in Japan. The data used were from the survey “The Top 100 Japanese Rural Landscapes” conducted by one of the biggest newspaper companies in Japan in 2008 and an additional questionnaire survey conducted in 2010.

The results indicated people’s detachment from the productive activities associated with rural landscapes, and their association of it instead with new values particularly related to cultural services such as the beauty of landscapes, and provision of places with a sense of traditional living, where one can be in touch with nature and with a sense of seasons and history.

The main reasons people could not move to rural areas were jobs, money, houses, or lack of human connection to rural areas. For Satoyama to play a realistic role in the development of a low carbon society, these challenges would have to be overcome.


Cultural service Ecosystem service Low carbon society Public perception Rural landscapes Satoyama Text analysis 



This research is partly supported by Environment Research and Technology Development Fund, E-0902 “Ecosystem Services Assessment of Satoyama, Satochi and Satoumi to Identify New Commons for Nature-Harmonious Society” (Project Leader: Masataka Watanabe).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yuuki Iwata
    • 1
    Email author
  • Takakazu Yumoto
    • 2
  • Yukihiro Morimoto
    • 3
  1. 1.Agriculture and Food Science Centre, School of Agriculture and Food ScienceUniversity College DublinDublin 4Ireland
  2. 2.Department of Ecology and Social Behavior, Section of Ecology and Conservation Primate Research InstituteKyoto UniversityKyotoJapan
  3. 3.Bio-Environmental Design, Faculty of Bio-environmental ScienceKyoto Gakuen UniversityKyotoJapan

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