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By John Clammer

This quantity demonstrates a clean method of city reports in addition to a brand new manner of modern Japan which hyperlinks financial system and society in an leading edge means.

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Other examples would include Kawasaki, the industrial city situated between Tokyo and Yokohama, and the ‘steel town’ of Kita-Kyushu in western Japan. Many provincial cities combine several of these functions and still attempt to maintain some balance between their historical characteristics and their modern bureaucratic, commercial and industrial ones. g. Sapporo in Hokkaido, Sendai in Tohoku or Kagoshima in Kyushu). g. Niigata, which, with its location on the Japan Sea coast, is well sited for trade with Russia and China, or Mito, an important political centre as capital of one of the great preMeiji fiefs and now a small city with some interesting historical sites, an important regional arts centre and theatre (the Mito Arts Tower) and accessible to Tokyo within two hours by train).

Some of the changes that have occurred in Japanese cities are very significant for patterns of social life. As in many North American cities, there has been a ‘hollowing out’ of the inner cities; however, unlike in America, these inner cores have not become ghettoes, but concentrations of large stores, corporate ofices and cinemas. This still has the effect of creating areas in which no one actually lives and which are virtually deserted from late evening until late rnid-morning on the succeeding day.

Residents of a neighbourhood arc technically parishioners of its local shrine, if it has one. In practice few people actually contribute to or \isit such shrines, but they may support a shrine or a Buddhist tcmplc at a place of formcr residence or simply one elsewhere that they prefer for some reason. This pattern is especially marked i n the case of Japanese Christians who, on mo\ing place of rcsidencc, will simply cease to attend a church if their original church of membership is too far away to be easily attended.

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