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Introduction: Post-Mining Communities—A Multidisciplinary Analysis of Post-Closure Coal Mining Towns in Japan and Their Gentrification History

  • Tai Wei Lim
  • Naoko Shimazaki
  • Yoshihisa Godo
  • Yiru Lim
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Abstract

This book project arose from the collaboration between a sociologist who worked on the coal mining industry in Japan, a developmental economist, and an area studies specialist on Japan. They were joined by a literary expert. The four individual scholars combined their expertise to contribute to a multidisciplinary volume that encompasses a chronological glimpse of Japanese coal mines in three phases. Having three phases provides a neat organization of contents and materials derived from fieldwork as well as from secondary resources’ interpretive work. Chronically, the volume also weaves a coherent narrative of coal industrial development through different ages experiencing different environmental conditions and externalities, so comparisons and contrasts can be highlighted temporally when the materials are segmented chronologically.

Keywords

Transition KCM Gentrification Nostalgia 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tai Wei Lim
    • 1
  • Naoko Shimazaki
    • 2
  • Yoshihisa Godo
    • 3
  • Yiru Lim
    • 1
  1. 1.Singapore University of Social SciencesSingaporeSingapore
  2. 2.Waseda UniversityTokyoJapan
  3. 3.Meiji Gakuin UniversityTokyoJapan

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