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Regulatory Reform of Public Utilities

The Japanese Experience Fumitoshi Mizutani, Graduate School of Business Administration, Kobe University, Japan
Covering issues such as deregulation, privatization, organizational reforms, and competition policy, Regulatory Reform of Public Utilities provides a comprehensive summary of regulatory reforms in Japanese public utility industries.
Extent: 296 pp
Hardback Price: $140.00 Web: $126.00
Publication Date: 2012
ISBN: 978 1 84720 330 4
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  • Economics and Finance
  • Economic Regulation and Governance
  • Public Sector Economics
Covering issues such as deregulation, privatization, organizational reforms, and competition policy, Regulatory Reform of Public Utilities provides a comprehensive summary of regulatory reforms in Japanese public utility industries.

Fumitoshi Mizutani expertly explores the main regulatory structures and regulatory reforms in eight Japanese public utility industries: electric power, gas utility, water supply, railways, local bus, postal services, telecommunications, and broadcasting. There are also separate chapters on yardstick regulation, universal service obligations, privatization and structural reforms, and private sector involvement – all important issues in Japanese regulatory reform. This unique study reveals that regulatory reform in Japan has distinctive features. It seeks to fill the information gap and widen understanding in the international community in relation to the Japanese experience with regulation and reform of public utility industries.

This informative book will prove invaluable to postgraduate students, policymakers, and researchers in fields such as regulation, empirical industrial organization, and public policy.
Contents: Introduction Part I: Theoretical Background of Public Utilities in Japan 1. Regulation 2. Public and Private Provision Part II: The Energy and Water Supply Industries 3. Electric Power 4. Gas Utility 5. Water Supply Part III: Transport Industries 6. Railway 7. Local Bus Part IV: Communications Industries 8. Postal Service 9. Telecommunications 10. Broadcasting Part V: Selected Topics on Regulatory Reforms in Japan 11. Yardstick Regulation 12. Universal Service Obligation 13. Privatization and Structural Reforms 14. Private Sector Involvement Appendix References Index