Sustainability in Contemporary Rural Japan: Challenges and Opportunities

1st Edition

Stephanie Assmann

Routledge
Published January 12, 2018
Reference - 172 Pages - 23 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138476974 - CAT# K348374
Series: Routledge Studies in Asia and the Environment

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Summary

Rural communities in Japan have suffered from significant depopulation and economic downturn in post-war years. Low birth rates, aging populations, agricultural decline and youth migration to large cities have been compounded by the triple disaster of 11 March 2011, which destroyed farming and fishing communities and left thousands of people homeless. This book identifies these challenges and acknowledges that an era of post-growth has arrived in Japan. Through exploring new forms of regional employment, community empowerment, and reverse migration, the authors address potential opportunities and benefits that may help to create and ensure the quality of life in depopulating areas and post-disaster scenarios. This book will be of interest not only to students of Japanese society, but also to those outside of Japan who are seeking new approaches for tackling depopulation challenges.

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