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Transport Policy and Organization in Japan

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In transport terms, Japan has an enviable reputation for operating effectively an incredibly complex road and rail system. However, relatively little is known about how this is done or about the issues that are facing policy-makers and shapers in the country. The purpose of this paper, then, is to investigate how land passenger transport is organized in Japan, and to begin to evaluate its effectiveness. This is done by drawing on a literature review and on findings from a scoping study based on a series of semi-structured in-depth interviews with key practitioners. Overall, the findings suggest that national and local transport policy in Japan faces a number of key challenges across all modes in the land passenger transport system, in particular relating to the fragmented approach to policy development, implementation, and operation and to the growing role of the car.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Civil and Building Engineering, Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK 2: Department of Civil Engineering, Nagoya University, Nagoya, Japan

Publication date: October 1, 2007

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