Recent Policy Changes in the Japanese Water Supply Industries
  • Takuya UrakamiEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Water Governance: Policy and Practice book series (PSWG)


The Japanese water industry is facing a transitional period reflecting changes in populations, natural disasters, the ageing water pipelines and facilities, difficulties associated with inheriting legacy technologies, and so on. The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, which is the regulatory agency for the water supply businesses in Japan, is aiming to revise the Waterworks Act to strengthen the foundations of the water utility management. This chapter aims to provide an overview of the past and current Japanese water industries and to examine the course of reform of the water supply businesses in Japan.


Water Supply Business Small Water Utilities Ministry Of Health, Labour And Welfare (MHLW) Wide-Area Cooperative Japan Water Works Association (JWWA) 
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This work was supported by JSPS Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research(C) Grant Number 24530284.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Business AdministrationKindai UniversityHigashi-osakaJapan

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