Democratic Turn of Resource Governance in Japan: Prewar and Postwar Efforts for Integration in Resource Policy

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The subject of natural resources is a suitable focus for debate among natural and social scientists and how the division of scientific labor can be practiced. Although the subject has often been categorized as an area of interest to natural scientists (e.g., forestry and hydrology), the history of resource policy reveals that the very concept of “resource” is social, reflecting the needs and political conditions of the time. This chapter outlines the changing role that resources have played in the history of modern Japan with a specific focus on their political pretext. It further argues the need for revitalizing resource studies as a uniting academic field in an otherwise fragmented subject.


Resource Policy Centripetal Force Resource Issue Wild Vegetable Resource Concept 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Oriental CultureThe University of TokyoBunkyo-kuJapan

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