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Infrastructural policy: Framework and challenges

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In the post-war period, national and local governments in Japan made their spatial planning policies assuming ever-growing socio-economic conditions. Shrinking regions and cities are a phenomenon that will provide considerable challenges to infrastructural planning. This chapter analyses, the challenges and prospects resulting from the demographic ageing and shrinking processes, based on a description and evaluation of the traditional framework of Japan's infrastructural policy related to the "construction state" issue. To exemplify the ongoing challenges in spatial development processes and planning policies, selected governmental strategies for policy reorientation will be discussed. Finally, from the standpoint of institutional stability and change, some evaluative remarks on Japan's reform approaches that focus on sustainable regional development are offered for further discussion.

Keywords: "construction state" issue; Japan's infrastructural policy; traditional framework



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