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Title: Gentrification and Spatial Polarization in Eastern Inner-City Tokyo: The Restructuring of the Kyojima Area in Sumida Ward
Authors: Kohama, Fumiko
小浜, ふみ子
Issue Date: 20-Mar-2019
Publisher: Rissho University
Abstract: This study focuses on the Kyojima area in Sumida Ward, Tokyo, a typical inner-city Tokyo neighborhood, which serves as an exemplar of redevelopment and gentrification in a Japanese context. It explores the attributes of gentrifiers, an urban middle-class social group new to Japan and with notable characteristics. Although previous studies on Tokyo have focused on its three central wards, few have examined its wider inner-city dynamics. This study examines a redevelopment that is changing the face of the Shitamachi, the working class neighborhoods located in the low land areas of Tokyo, which survived World War II bombings and where micro, small and medium-sized local manufacturing industries remain concentrated. Similar to other large cities such as London, Paris, and New York, Tokyo has experienced changes in its socio-economic structure since the 1960s, associated with population growth following the redevelopment of its inner urban areas. This study determines some of the characteristics of Japanese gentrification; it is informed by the 2015 population census, as well as interview data collected since 2012. Drawing upon empirical case study data, the general sociological discourse of the local as “defensive response to the increasing general power of globalising forces” (Savage, 2005:200) is critically evaluated in light of this particular Japanese example of gentrification.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/11266/6641
ISBN: 9784582474428
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