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The Making of Urban Japan: Cities and Planning from Edo to the Twenty First Century

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During the twentieth century, Japan was transformed from a poor, primarily rural country into one of the world's largest industrial powers and most highly urbanised countries. Interestingly, while Japanese governments and planners borrowed carefully from the planning ideas and methods of many other countries, Japanese urban planning, urban governance and cities developed v ...more
Paperback, 404 pages
Published July 22nd 2004 by Routledge (first published January 1st 2000)
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Oct 25, 2015 Quobobo rated it it was amazing
I'd strongly recommend this book for anyone wondering why Japanese cities are the way they are. Sorensen provides tons of interesting information about Japanese land use regulations and does so in an accessible, engaging way. There are a number of very helpful maps and data tables included in the book - my favourite was a table showing how in 1975, over 90% of the zoned area in Japan allowed multifamily housing.

I would note that I disagree* with many of the author's opinions, but this is still a
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