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Hirayama Yōsuke
  • Hirayama Yōsuke 
  • By this author: 1 Latest posted: 2018.03.02
Professor in the Graduate School of Human Development and Environment, Kobe University, with expertise in housing policy and urban development. Is the author of Toshi no jōken (Criteria for a City) and Jūtaku seisaku no doko ga mondai ka (Issues in Housing Policy) and co-author of Housing in Post-Growth Society (with Izuhara Misa).
When New Towns Grow Old: The Solitary Seniors of Japan’s Bedroom Communities2018.03.02

Dozens of suburban “new towns” sprang up around major metropolises during the period of high growth in Japan to accommodate the influx of workers from outlying areas. Many of the current residents of these bedroom communities—once touted as “dream homes”—are those who first moved in more than half a century ago. They often live alone, as their children have moved out and spouses have passed away. …

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