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The Miike Coal Mine and Omuta City: A Case Study of the Largest and Last Mine’s Closure in Japan

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

This chapter details how the coal mining industry faced closure in the post-war period. To demonstrate the macro changes taking place in the overall general economy, this chapter utilized micro case studies of Miike and Omuta to indicate the layered complexities of coal mine closures, especially at the individual mine level. This chapter is also a people-centred narrative/story unveiling a tale of individuals, families, and entire towns affected by the closures and the very real emotive realities that they face when the local mining economy dissipated. It continues the historical narrative from a macro developmental economic analysis but adds local empirical case studies based on sociological perspectives.

Keywords

Closure Re-employment Miike Omuta 

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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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