Historical Development and Gentrification of Hokkaido’s Former Coal Mining Areas: Case Studies of Bibai, Kushiro, Mikasa, and Yubari

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


The previous chapters provided the historical framework to discuss Japan’s coal mining industry. They gave a detailed account of the origins of the coal mining industry, both in terms of changing mindsets (e.g. adjusting to the concept of time schedules) and in terms of modern evolution from peasantry and feudal lordships in an agricultural economy to rationalized mass production in factories. This chapter continues with that narrative in the post-war period and discusses coal mine closures as well as policy-based coping mechanisms to transition retrenched workers and their dependents. The chapter chronologically continues with the narrative in the next phase of Japan’s coal mining industry, which is post-closure gentrification of former coal mining areas.


Yubari Bibai Heritage Tourists 


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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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