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Environmental Policy in Japan

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Environmental Policy in Japan

9781845423704 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Hidefumi Imura, Professor, Department of Urban Environment, Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Nagoya University, Japan and Miranda A. Schreurs, Lehrstuhl für Environmental and Climate Policy, Hochschule für Politik München an der Technischen Universität München, Germany
Publication Date: 2005 ISBN: 978 1 84542 370 4 Extent: 424 pp
The book introduces Japan’s environmental history, its key environmental regulations and the forces that have driven Japan to introduce these environmental regulations and programs. It also examines the various formal and informal institutional mechanisms and policy instruments that have been introduced over the past several decades to implement pollution control and energy conservation. The authors conclude by putting Japan’s environmental policy experiences in comparative perspective and considering what useful lessons can be drawn from the Japanese experience for developing nations.
Recipient of the 2006 Kokusaikaihatsu Gakkai (International Development Association) of Japan book award

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Japanese environmental management style is in many ways distinct from that found in Europe or the USA. There is less emphasis on litigation, more emphasis on administrative guidance and considerable use of voluntary mechanisms for policy implementation. This volume considers what factors may have contributed to Japan’s relatively successful efforts at dealing with severe industrial pollution and problems associated with rapid urbanization.

The book introduces Japan’s environmental history, its key environmental regulations and the forces that have driven Japan to introduce these environmental regulations and programs. It also examines the various formal and informal institutional mechanisms and policy instruments that have been introduced over the past several decades to implement pollution control and energy conservation. The authors conclude by putting Japan’s environmental policy experiences in comparative perspective and considering what useful lessons can be drawn from the Japanese experience for developing nations.

Providing a detailed analysis of environmental policies and policy instruments in Japan by leading experts in the field, this book will be of great interest to students of environmental policy and politics and policymakers concerned with environmental protection in Asia.
Critical Acclaim
‘This book is a must; it is best reading for all interested in or working on environmental policy formulation and implementation, be it in a polluted industrial country or in a polluting developing country.’
– Environmentalist

‘. . . a well-conceptualized analysis of the evolution of Japan’s environmental policies and programmes. . . The quality of integration from chapter to chapter is much superior to that of most multiple-author texts.’
– International Sociology Review of Books

‘The eleven contributors to this book provide profound retrospective view son the fearsome damage inflicted on the environment of Japan and on its people during the rapid economic growth period from late 1950s to the early 1970s. The book also presents a clear vision of how developing countries might draw lessons from Japan’s experiences in overcoming some of its pollution problems.’
– Hiroshi Ohta, Pacific Affairs

‘This is, I’m sure, the most comprehensive and the best book ever on Japan’s environmental policy. This book is a must; it is best reading for all interested in or working on environmental policy formulation and implementation, be it in a polluted industrial country or in a polluting developing country.’
– Udo E. Simonis, Internationales Asienforum

‘The volume is a great source to explain what factors have made Japanese pollution control policy so successful. . . Imura and Schreurs have unveiled the intricacies of Japanese pollution control policy in this volume. The book can be used at the undergraduate and graduate level, particularly as a stepping stone in projects focused on minimization of contaminant emissions and on Japanese environmental policy and politics.’
– Raul Pacheco-Vega, Global Environmental Politics

‘A gold mine of information, this book gives a balanced, comprehensive, and authoritative analysis of Japan’s environmental policy and candidly covers both its considerable achievements and persistent limitations. Although this volume focuses on issues of policy implementation, it impressively addresses most aspects of environmental issues in Japan. . . This is indeed a superb book that provides encyclopedia-like information about environmental issues in Japan and is unmatched, especially in its emphasis on policy implementation.’
– Lam Peng Er, Journal of Japanese Studies
Contributors
Contributors: J. Broadbent, K. Himi, H. Imura, T. Inui, Y. Matsuno, A. Morishima, Y. Ren, M.A. Schreurs, R. Shinohara, K. Ueta, F. Yoshida
Contents
Contents: Preface 1. Learning from Japanese Environmental Management Experiences 2. Japan’s Environmental Policy: Past and Future 3. Japan’s Environmental Policy: Institutions and the Interplay of Actors 4. Economic Implications of Pollution Control Policy in Japan 5. Japan’s Environmental Politics: Recognition and Response Processes 6. Japan’s Environmental Policy: International Cooperation 7. Environmental Policy Instruments 8. Case Studies of Environmental Politics in Japan 9. Local Government, Industry and Pollution Control 10. Japan’s Environmental Policy: Financial Mechanisms 11. Environmental Industries and Technologies in Japan 12. Japan’s Environmental Management Experiences: Strategic Implications for Asia’s Developing Countries 13. Environmental Policy Making in the Advanced Industrialized Countries: Japan, the European Union and the United States of America Compared 14. Evaluating Japan’s Environmental Policy Performance References Index
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