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Andrea Flores Urushima

The 1960s period witnessed the most important internal migration of Japan's population since the modern period with the definitive shift from a rural to an urban-based society. This unprecedented transformation led the Japanese central government to request visions for the prospective development of the national territory in an open competition. Responding to this call, a wide range of reports were produced and debated between 1967 and 1972, mobilizing a vast network of influential representatives in city making, such as sociologists, economists, urban planners, and architects. This article analyzes these reports on the theme of the conservation of natural and historical heritage. To support a sustainable development that was adjustable to economic and social change, the reports emphasized the aesthetic and environmental value of natural landscapes and traditional lifestyles. The reports also proclaimed the rise of an information society and stressed the growing importance of leisure and tourism activities, nowadays one of the most profitable industries worldwide. Apart from their value as interdisciplinary reflections on problems related to urban expansion with visionary qualities, the reports were also highly relevant because they influenced later policies on urban planning and heritage preservation.

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Can a financial bubble burst if no one hears the pop?

Transparency, debt, and the control of price in the Kathmandu land market

Andrew Haxby

country . Republica , 19 January . Available at http://www.housingnepal.com/news/national/realty-slump-deepens-across-the-country . Shrestha , Bharat . 2011 . The land development boom in Kathmandu valley . Rome : International Land Coalition

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To Be or Not to Be a Hero

Recognition and Citizenship among Disabled Veterans of the Sri Lankan Army

Matti Weisdorf and Birgitte Refslund Sørensen

increasing political, economic, and social discrimination through the adoption of a raft of Buddhist nationalist policies and acts such as the “Sinhala Only” language program and the implementation of land development schemes in areas that Tamils considered

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Paolo Motta

, and their protection and integration into the contemporary scenario should be a basic factor in town planning, land development, and environmental protection. All human dwellings, from those in hamlets to those in larger cities, are formed by tangible