Identification of Consciousness and Behavior of Japanese and the Living Environment in a Coastal Zone

by Yasuhiro Uozaki, Systems Research & Development, Inst of Japan, Tokyo, Japan,
Takeo Kondo, Systems Research & Development, Inst of Japan, Tokyo, Japan,
Akio Kuroyanagi, Systems Research & Development, Inst of Japan, Tokyo, Japan,
Mamoru Ohshima, Systems Research & Development, Inst of Japan, Tokyo, Japan,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '87

Abstract: Japan's policy of coastal zone management has changed from placing emphasis on seaside disaster prevention, industry location, and harbor construction to creating the amenities for improving the quality of life; Local governments also follow this trend. Those various projects of full utilization of coastal areas and development of waterfronts imitate the American way. It is regrettable that fundamental points such as social background and needs peculiar to Japan are not duly considered. We the authors conducted a survey of residents living in cities having different coastal configurations (sandy beach, rock beach and vertical revetment) to identify the relationship between living environment and their consciousness and behavior in order to analyze the meaning of the sea and the ideal configuration of a coastal zone. This paper discusses the study objectives, methods and results.

Subject Headings: Coastal environment | Beaches | Human factors | Coastal management | Quality control | Ports and harbors | Change management | Japan | Asia

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