work toward environmental sustainability. The 1992 City Planning Amendment Law required towns and cities to create master plans and mandated public participation in them. The collapse of the bubble economy reduced faith in the central government in the 1990s, and this skepticism was furthered by government failures in responding to the Hanshin earthquake of 1995. The responses by citizens to the quake seemed to herald a new era of citizen activism, and budget problems encouraged decentralization policies that allowed for greater local autonomy. Machizukuri became one of the buzzwords of the 1990s for citizens, local governments, planners, and sociologists. The 1990s also saw an increase in gappei, or amalgamation of rural towns and villages, and the collection on rural areas suggested above might cover, among other things, the effects of gappei on machizukuri. With their emphasis on the activities of neighborhood groups, some of the contributors to this collection seem to be more optimistic about the possibilities for civic activism than Susan J. Pharr in her conclusion to Frank J. Schwartz and Susan J. Pharr, eds., The State of Civil Society in Japan (Cambridge University Press, 2003). Pharr, along with other contributors to that volume such as Sheldon
The Journal of Japanese Studies – Society for Japanese Studies
Published: Jan 15, 2009
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