Cities in Focus – Japanese cities

    Cities in Focus – Japanese cities

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       Cities photos from TOD TDD program: (from upper left) Tama Plaza, MM21, Futakotamagawa, Roppongi, Umeda, and Shinjuku


    Boasting top-class public transportation systems in the world, Japan is one of the most advanced countries in terms of Transit-Oriented Development (TOD).  The concept has always been a central concept for urban policies throughout the growth period, maturity period, and stabilization period in the history of Japanese cities. Although the success of TOD in Japan is a result of various factors combined, integration of urban and transportation development and active participation by the private sector can be raised as key aspects. Today, TOD in Japan is oriented in two directions: urban redevelopment considering the current and future trends such as population decrease and aging, and application of the Japanese TOD business models to overseas infrastructure development projects.


    Related links and materials for Cities in Japan

    1. Presentation "TOD in Japan", Kiyoshi SHIMIZU, Deputy Director-General for engineering affairs, City Bureau, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT)
    2. Presentation "Transit and Land Use Integration in Tokyo Metropolitan Area", Shigeyuki Sakaki, Sr. Urban Transport Specialist, GTIDR – South Asia, World Bank
    3. Publication: Chapter1: Introduction to the Integrated Station-City Development ~Value Capture through Railway and City Development~, Integrated Station-City Development - the Next Advances of TOD
    4. JICA-MLIT Booklet: Urban Planning System in Japan and Urban Land Use Planning System in Japan
    5. Publication: "Financing Transit-Oriented Development with Land Values", World Bank


    A Technical Deep Dive (TDD) on TOD was conducted in Japan in May 16-20, 2016, bringing together experts and practitioners from all over the world to share good practice and experiences, offering first-hand knowledge exchange opportunities for developing countries to deepen their knowledge through comprehensive workshops, site visits and peer learning in Japan. The full agenda, presentation materials and videos can be found at "TOD TDD" and its news page.