Designing our Future

Local Perspectives on Bioproduction, Ecosystems and Humanity

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This volume focuses primarily on society at the local and regional levels and on a scenario in which human beings coexist harmoniously with nature. This ideal society is examined in terms of the relationships between villages or towns and their natural environment. It also looks at how these villages and towns can achieve local or regional independence in the face of pressures toward centralization and globalization. This book highlights the importance of developing a society in harmony with nature through the networking of diverse communities to promote and achieve local independence.



The preservation and creation of a regional culture for glocal sustainability

After World War II, Japan experienced unprecedented economic development, growing extremely rich and assuming a major role among the developed nations. However, since the collapse of its “bubble” economy, and despite the information technology bubble and the longest post-war period of economic prosperity in Japan’s history, the country has faced massive problems such as the impoverishment of regional areas and growing disparity in incomes. Japan’s situation is somewhat ambivalent: on the one hand, it enjoys economic prosperity, while, on the other hand, it faces accelerating impoverishment. At the end of Shigeru Mizuki’s History of the Showa Period, Mizuki depicts the disgruntled figure of the “salaried worker [who] is enriched neither in mind or body. It seems that only the companies have been enriched”, and that “most salaried workers do not possess houses and are hounded relentlessly by stress. Can we truly say that Japan is a wealthy nation?” (Mizuki, 1994: 264). What is it that is lost? Mizuki’s words indicate a loss of home, of a place to return to.


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