Disaster Resilience and Sustainability Japan’s Urban Development and Social Capital

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This book examines urban planning and infrastructure development in Japanese cities after the second world war as a way to mitigate the risks of disasters while pursuing sustainable development. It looks at the benefits of social capital and how communities organise to tackle problems during the recovery phase after a disaster. The book also illustrates with case studies to highlight community attitudes which improve recovery outcomes.

The book underlines challenges such as ageing and depopulation which Japan would face should the next disaster occur. These demographic shifts are causing difficulties among neighbourhood associations at a time when communities need to effectively support each other. Nakanishi explains why overcoming these societal issues is imperative for sustainability and the need for a comprehensive approach which would integrate smart technology.

This book will be of interest to scholars in city development and planning, urban studies and human geography, as well as those interested in building resilient communities.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
Number of pages97
ISBN (Electronic)9781003150190
ISBN (Print)9780367712914
Publication statusPublished - 5 Aug 2022

Publication series

NameRoutledge Research in Sustainable Planning and Development in Asia


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