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Rural Depopulation And Economic Shrinkage In Japan: What Can Affected Municipalities Do About It?

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Regional decline in Japan's countryside is generally considered a phenomenon closely linked to demographic change. While the extent of demographic and economic shrinkage in the rural parts of Japan differs considerably depending on whether the area being examined is situated in the periphery or not, the majority of rural areas are affected in one way or another. This chapter is based on the findings from case study research conducted in three rural towns in which rural decline has appeared in particularly extreme forms. It is striking that each of the three aspects identified in this chapter in the case of three rural areas in Japan has also been identified in the case of northeastern Germany.

Keywords: economic shrinkage; Japan; northeastern Germany; rural areas



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