Proposal of township restructuring in consideration of at-home care of senior citizens and revitalizing local shopping areas - An argument based on examples of two shopping districts

Tetsuko Matsuo, Atsuo Murata

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According to data released by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications on Respect for the Aged Day in September, 2007, the number of aged people (over 65 years) in Japan is 27.44 million, a figure estimated to be 21.5% of the total Japanese population. This figure and percentage are the highest ever recorded. At the same time, due to the influence of the shift of residential areas to the suburbs and more automobiles, there are many large shopping malls with spacious parking lots operating mainly in suburban areas. In addition, Internet sales and catalog mail orders are increasing in popularity. On this basis, in local shopping areas, there is less traffic and a trend of slowing business that cannot be stopped. However, as places where daily necessities can be bought, local shopping areas are a lifeline for aged people who cannot drive. In this paper, we discuss the policy to maintain local shopping areas as a lifeline for vulnerable people such as aged, and revitalize local shopping areas. This is based on questionnaires to visitors of two local shopping areas in Tobata-ku and Wakamatsu-ku in Kitakyushu, Fukuoka Prefecture, which is referred to as the gateway to Kyushu.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)190-203
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Japan Industrial Management Association
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 15 2011



  • At-home senior citizens
  • Measures to revitalize shopping districts
  • Town planning for aged societies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics

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