1st Edition

Waste and Distributive Justice in Asia In-Ward Waste Disposal in Tokyo

By Takashi Nakazawa Copyright 2018
    176 Pages
    by Routledge

    176 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Conflicts over waste disposal facility siting is a pressing issue not only in developed countries but also in fast-growing countries that face drastic waste increase and rapid urbanisation. How to address distributive justice has been one of the biggest concerns.

    This book examines what determines the influence of distributive justice in siting policy. In the 23 wards of Tokyo, one idea of distributive justice, known as "In-Ward Waste Disposal" (IWWD), emerged amid the ongoing garbage crisis in the early 1970s. IWWD was adopted as a significant principle, but its influence waxed and waned over time, until the idea was finally abandoned in 2003.

    To unravel causes and mechanisms behind the changing influence of IWWD, this book adopts a framework that considers not only ideational causes, but also the power struggles between rationally calculating actors, as well as the influence of external events and environments. By combining an in-depth case study with an integrative theoretical framework, this book tells a thought-provoking story of the changing influence of IWWD in a deep, comprehensive and consistent way. This book provides significant insights and lessons for both academics and practitioners.

    1. Introduction 2. Explaining the Rise and Fall of the Dominance of an Idea 3. The First Garbage War and Rising Influence of IWWD 4. Declining Influence of IWWD 5. The Second Garbage War and the Revival of IWWD 6. Decline and Abandonment of IWWD 7. Conclusion


    Takashi Nakazawa is Associate Professor of Sociology and Politics at the Faculty of Informatics in Shizuoka University, Hamamatsu, Japan. His recent publications include "Politics of distributive justice in the siting of waste disposal facilities: the case of Tokyo", Environmental Politics, 25(3), 2016.