1st Edition

Disaster Resilience and Sustainability Japan’s Urban Development and Social Capital

By Hitomi Nakanishi Copyright 2023
    108 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book examines urban planning and infrastructure development in Japanese cities after the second world war as a way to mitigate the risks of disasters while pursuing sustainable development. It looks at the benefits of social capital and how communities organise to tackle problems during the recovery phase after a disaster. The book also illustrates with case studies to highlight community attitudes which improve recovery outcomes.

    The book underlines challenges such as ageing and depopulation which Japan would face should the next disaster occur. These demographic shifts are causing difficulties among neighbourhood associations at a time when communities need to effectively support each other. Nakanishi explains why overcoming these societal issues is imperative for sustainability and the need for a comprehensive approach which would integrate smart technology.

    This book will be of interest to scholars in city development and planning, urban studies and human geography, as well as those interested in building resilient communities.

    1. Introduction 2. Japan’s Urban Planning and Infrastructure Development after WWII 3. Social Capital: Community Responses to Natural Hazards 4. Typhoon Nation: Lessons of 2004 5. Community as a Hub of Response: Kumamoto Earthquake of 2016 6. Floods and Evacuation Challenge: Western Japan Flood of 2018 7. Beyond Sustainability 8. Conclusion


    Hitomi Nakanishi is Associate Professor of Built Environment at the University of Canberra, Australia.