Overview of Building Stock Management in Japan

  • Tomonari Yashiro
Part of the cSUR-UT Series: Library for Sustainable Urban Regeneration book series (LSUR, volume 4)

For the last six decades, construction activities in Japan have mainly focused on new building activities rather than work on existing buildings and facilities. For several reasons, there has been a serious shortage of buildings and facilities with sufficient quality and performance: destruction during World War II coupled with the huge demand for new construction by the concentration of population in mega cities since the 1950s

However, Japan is now faced with the situation of managing existing building stocks and facilities which have been accumulating for the last six decades. It requires a fundamental paradigm shift from new-building-based thinking to a model of thinking about working on existing buildings. Asian countries that are experiencing enormous new building activities will inevitably face the similar situation that Japan now faces. Therefore, the Japanese situation could provide lessons for future construction activities in Asia


Building Activity Building Stock Poverty Trap Reinforce Concrete Building Stock Management 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tomonari Yashiro
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  1. 1.Institute of Industrial ScienceThe University of TokyoMeguro-kuJapan

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