Why local area stays poor

Distribution of population size of Japanese cities (1980–2000)
- 人口順位: Population size (Logarithm)
- 人口規模順位: Rank of Population size (Logarithm)

RIETI — 都市と地域経済:地域創成の鍵は何か (In Japanese)

The article describes the static structure on Japanese cities; Few change on population or on variety of industry in spite of dramatic change on its place of industry, and it conclude that it is impossible for all cities in Japan to develop together; some cities grows and the others shrink. It also suggests the strategic management at the level of government beyond that of each city.

In Japan, local municipalities tend to imitate success stories by others. When one municipality got success with the travel campaign, others will copy it and similar travel plan will be started all over Japan. However, as the article above, it’s hard for local municipalities to do well by the same plan or by the same industry with other area. They need a strategy.

The strategy is not the accumulation of each city’s efforts. Each city should not consist on themselves but consider the relation with other area, and should focus on their own strength.

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