- vol.26, pp.243-246, 2011
Big Cities in Japan are said to be in the stage of re-urbanization, after experiencing the stages of urbanization, suburbanization and counterurbanization. These re-urbanized cities have a new resident group whose members have a moderate relationship ("sarasara-type") with each other adapted to the matured urban societysocieties, in addition to conventional resident groups with a dense relationship ("betabeta-type") or a thin relationship("pasapasa-type"). Each resident group has its own characteristics. On the other hand, the number of the Internet users has increased drastically after the Japanese government implemented its"e- Japan" strategy. Between a Internet-savvy group and a non-Internet-savvy group a clear difference exists. But there is no statistically significant difference between their relationship preference for one of the three types above and their level of Internet usage.