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Tokyo-as-World-City: Reassessing the Role of Capital and the State in Urban Restructuring

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  • Paul Waley

    (School of Geography, University of Leeds, University Road, Leeds, LS2 9JT, UK, p.t.waley@leeds.ac.uk)

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The world cities literature has been enlivened by debate over the place of Tokyo in a conceptual model that appears to have clear North Atlantic roots. In recent years, it has been suggested that Tokyo is shaped to an unusual degree by interventions by the state. This paper reviews this discussion and argues that the role of capital in Tokyo's restructuring has been underplayed. The paper places Japan's capital within a wider context of urban theorising through the use of three conceptual categories: urban governance, the urban terrain and urban life-spaces. It follows the story of the restructuring of Tokyo's urban terrain and the squeezing of life-spaces, drawing out the ever more substantial role of business corporations in urban development projects, with national government cheer-leading and local government increasingly sidelined.

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  • Paul Waley, 2007. "Tokyo-as-World-City: Reassessing the Role of Capital and the State in Urban Restructuring," Urban Studies, Urban Studies Journal Limited, vol. 44(8), pages 1465-1490, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:urbstu:v:44:y:2007:i:8:p:1465-1490
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    1. Murakami, Jin, 2010. "The Transit-Oriented Global Centers for Competitiveness and Livability: State Strategies and Market Responses in Asia," University of California Transportation Center, Working Papers qt19034785, University of California Transportation Center.
    2. Murakami, Jin, 2010. "The Transit-Oriented Global Centers for Competitiveness and Livability: State Strategies and Market Responses in Asia," University of California Transportation Center, Working Papers qt44g9t8mj, University of California Transportation Center.
    3. Peter Newman & Andy Thornley, 2011. "Planning for World Cities: Shifting Agendas and Differing Politics," Chapters,in: International Handbook of Globalization and World Cities, chapter 29 Edward Elgar Publishing.
    4. Jamie Coates, 2015. "“Unseeing” Chinese Students in Japan: Understanding Educationally Channelled Migrant Experiences," Journal of Current Chinese Affairs - China aktuell, Institute of Asian Studies, GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies, Hamburg, vol. 44(3), pages 125-154.

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