Regional Planning, Environmental Management, and Modeling in the Kinki Region of Japan: A Case Study

Ikeda, S., Owsinski, J.W., & von Winterfeldt, D. (1979). Regional Planning, Environmental Management, and Modeling in the Kinki Region of Japan: A Case Study. IIASA Collaborative Paper. IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria: CP-79-003

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The purpose of this study is to describe and assess the present policy making on long term regional development plans and environmental management systems in the Kinki area of Japan as a typical example of a highly developed industrialized region with a full range of environmental problems. The study follows an analytical framework developed at IIASA in the course of case studies of large scale development programs.

Three aspects of regional policy making are examined: comprehensive development plans, environmental management, and the role of models and computer applications in regional planning and management. Emphasis was put on attempts to integrate interprefectural and national-prefectural planning and decision making. Organizational interlinkages, comprehensive plans, and joint budgets are seen as the main mechanisms for such integration. The study findings indicate that while the national-prefectural integration seems to work well with a clear separation of functions, multiple interrelations of organizations, and a strong centrally controlled budget, the interprefectural integration lags behind. In spite of many common problems in the Kinki area there exists no policy formation body acting from within the region, and joint plans, models, or shared budgets are more an exception than the rule.

Item Type: Monograph (IIASA Collaborative Paper)
Research Programs: Management and Technology Area (MMT)
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 01:47
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 17:09

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