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Perception Of Private And Public Sectors Of The Regeneration Of Post-industrial Areas In Japan


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H. Kurata, H. Abe & N. Otsuka


Perception of private and public sectors of the regeneration of post-industrial areas in Japan H. Kurata1, H. Abe1 & N. Otsuka2 1Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University, Japan 2Oxford Brookes University, School of the Built Environment, UK Abstract The aim of this study is to examine private and public sector perceptions of the redevelopment of post-industrial areas. It clarifies the barriers to such regeneration, and the areas of improvement currently being sought by stakeholders in Japan, where this issue has only just begun to surface. This study was conducted using a questionnaire distributed to public and private enterprises in December 2006. The results showed that among private enterprises there was widespread demand for the government to relax regulations and establish a regulatory system, while local governments were facing cost-related issues concerning the cleanup of soil contamination. In addition, since these issues relate to both urban development and environmental protection, we can see differences of opinion between construction-related and environment-related organizations, suggesting that the vertical division of government organizations may also be a hurdle to resolving these issues. Keywords: brownfield sites, contamination, stakeholder. 1 Introduction In order to abide by the Kyoto Protocol that has now come into force, governments must enact policies to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases. In addition, there has already been discussion of setting further reduction targets for the years after 2013, creating a pressing need for environmental regulations and energy-conservation policies. As a result, fundamental changes in our fossil fuel-dependent society and industries are believed to be inevitable. In developed countries in particular, the restructuring or relocation of industrial facilities that have heretofore supported these countries’ economic growth have led to


brownfield sites, contamination, stakeholder.