Comments on: Joyful Honda and the rise of the car-centric ‘home center’ How to make, save and spend money in Japan. Wed, 18 Feb 2015 03:29:48 +0000 hourly 1 By: A Retail Wage Slave Mon, 04 Jul 2011 08:17:25 +0000 The explosion of all those huge shopping centres is due to the passing in 2000 of the Big Store Law which basically makes Japan one of the most deregulated countries for retail zoning.

Prior to the Big Store law, planning committees had to approve the opening of big stores and with the owners of mom-and-pop shops on the committees, approval was typically delayed for years and years and years.

Japanese industry also likes the new retail environment because they can finally close a factory to ship production overseas and sell the land to a retail chain.

By: Jon Tue, 28 Jun 2011 03:54:03 +0000 It pains me to see the rise of big-box stores in Japan. What will Japan be like in 20 years after all the local shopping districts have died and the only way to shop is at nameless mega markets 10 km from the nearest train station? All for 50 yen off a box of laundry detergent…

By: Jeffrey Fri, 24 Jun 2011 16:14:13 +0000 “In land-scarce Japan,. . .”

Japan really isn’t all that land-scarce. Tohoku is actually pretty empty and Hokkaido more so. Japan just seems crowded because people have concentrated in three major metropolitan areas, greater Tokyo, greater Osaka and Nagoya since before WWII. Both India and China have more people per hectare than Japan and Manhattan has a greater population density than Tokyo.

I think what makes Japan seem crowded, even in some rural areas, is poor planning and zoning. But I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know. And then there all those power lines . . .