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