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Maintaining Local Transport Services in Japan

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  • Fumitoshi MIZUTANI

    () (Graduate School of Business Administration, Kobe University, Japan)

  • Shinichi SAITO

    () (Faculty of Policy Studies, The University of Shimane, Japan)

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For many years, bus and railway companies in regional areas in Japan have been struggling to stop decreases in passenger numbers. Although motorization and the construction of road networks have caused declining ridership in public transportation, deregulation in the transportation industry has also played a part in this phenomenon. The main purpose of this paper is to overview the current situation and to discuss issues related to regional transportation in Japan. We evaluate regulation and public transportation policy by focusing on railway and bus services in regional areas.

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  • Fumitoshi MIZUTANI & Shinichi SAITO, 2011. "Maintaining Local Transport Services in Japan," CIRIEC Working Papers 1101, CIRIEC - Université de Liège.
  • Handle: RePEc:crc:wpaper:1101
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    1. Fumitoshi Mizutani & Kiyoshi Nakamura, 2004. "The Japanese Experience with Railway Restructuring," NBER Chapters,in: Governance, Regulation, and Privatization in the Asia-Pacific Region, NBER East Asia Seminar on Economics, Volume 12, pages 305-342 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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    Keywords

    Deregulation of transport; Rural transportation; Vertical separation;

    JEL classification:

    • H54 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Infrastructures
    • R48 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Transportation Economics - - - Government Pricing and Policy
    • R51 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Regional Government Analysis - - - Finance in Urban and Rural Economies

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