Geographia Polonica (1995) vol. 66

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Corporate space and emerging spatial order in Japan

Naoharu Fujita

Geographia Polonica (1995) vol. 66, pp. 65-86

Abstract

Following the economic growth in Japan after second world war the urban population has increased from 37% to 77% of the total in 1990. Three major metropolitan areas account for about half of the total population of the country. Location of corporate headquarters leads to an emergence of the new spatial order in the country. Corporations seem to have their spatial preferences for headquarters, central and that for sub-branches: this results in the emergence of a specific spatial pattern. Along with the government offices they create Administered Space, a con-struction serving the whole system of capitalist economy.

Keywords: Japan, urbanization, functional spatial units, functional order, corporate organizations, formation of urban system

Naoharu Fujita, Meiji University, Faculty of Literature Institute of Geography 1-1 Komda Surugadai Chiyoda-ku, Tbkyo 101, Japan