Town-making in rural Japan: an example from Wakayama

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This article focuses on the process by which postwar Japanese villages are transformed into rural towns, taking an upland municipality in Wakayama Prefecture as a case study. Rural ‘town-making’ or machizukuri is shown to be a multi-faceted process in which the municipal state carries out a protracted social reform of its local population. It does so, however, against a background of largescale rural depopulation, and this is shown to be something which simultaneously enables and inhibits the creation of the new civic community.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)249-261
JournalJournal of Rural Studies
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jul 1994
Externally publishedYes


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