Rescaling from Below:Tokyo’s State Regionalization Strategy

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Takashi Tsukamoto's presentation for Comparative Urban Politics Workshop: Rescaling the City

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Rescaling from Below:Tokyo’s State Regionalization Strategy

  1. 1. Rescaling from Below: Tokyo’s State Regionalization Strategy for Comparative Urban Politics Workshop: Rescaling the City at APSA 2006 in Philadelphia Takashi Tsukamoto, Assistant Professor Department of Political Science University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  2. 2. Block-System Local Government Plan – 1 (9 Blocks)
  3. 3. TMG’s Capital Region Megalopolis plan <ul><li>Tokyo positions itself in the scale of global competition </li></ul><ul><li>Tokyo is the economic engine of the nation and the central importance for the national economic survival </li></ul><ul><li>Tokyo’ warns of dire consequences if Tokyo’s current weakening conditions were left alone </li></ul>
  4. 4. TMG’s Capital Region Megalopolis plan <ul><li>TMG defines the regional space in which Tokyo’s functions must be augmented </li></ul><ul><li>This regional expansion should be accepted if we needed to make Tokyo competitive </li></ul><ul><li>The regional development projects must be financed by the central government as national projects </li></ul>
  5. 5. Circular Megalopolis Plan Ohmiya Urawa, Saitama New CBD Regional Access Road Network Circular Urban Axis (Core Cities urban Axis) West Core Center Core East Core North Core South Core Hachioji, Tachikawa, Tama-Newtown Water and Greenery Creation Ring Chiba, Makuhari New CBD Water and greenery Framework Yokohama, MM21, Kawasaki Circular Urban Axis (Tokyo Bay Water Front Urban Axis) Tokyo Bay
  6. 6. Politics of Scale and Rhetoric of Globalization <ul><li>Global Scale vs. National Scale </li></ul><ul><li>National Scale = the Scale of the Capital Region </li></ul><ul><li>The Scale of Capital Region = The Scale of Tokyo </li></ul>Key scalar connections <ul><li>Tokyo in the league of world cities </li></ul><ul><li>Tokyo at the center of Japanese nation state </li></ul>Positioning <ul><li>Tokyo as the engine of Japanese economy and its cutting edge in the global marketplace </li></ul>Proposition <ul><li>Globalization as a threat to the national interest </li></ul>Rationale
  7. 7. Politics of Scale and Rhetoric of Globalization <ul><li>From below </li></ul>Direction of political discourse <ul><li>Contradiction of national interest with </li></ul><ul><li>marginalization </li></ul>Reality <ul><li>Nationalism and re-imagining the nation state </li></ul>Ideology <ul><li>Urban competitiveness </li></ul>Order
  8. 8. Block-System Local Government Plan – 1 (9 Blocks)

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