- The Association of Japanese Geographers
- 地理学評論 (ISSN:13479555)
- vol.81, no.5, pp.292-302, 2008-05-31 (Released:2010-03-12)
The purpose of this paper is to review the achievements and issues in transportation geography in Japan since 1990, focusing on modern transportation. Although the number of studies in transportation geography has decreased, the studies that have been conducted can be classified into four types, namely, studies on (1) transportation enterprises, (2) the effects of transportation developments on given areas, (3) nodal structures, and (4) airports and harbors and their hinterland. Most of the studies focus on the former two themes, while some papers have been presented on the latter two themes in the 2000s. Finally, the author points out the issues that need to be addressed —in the study of transportation geography— against the backdrop of the trend of deregulation and globalization. It is necessary to examine the significance of deregulation in a region by considering the transportation in and orientation of the city as well as its public transportation. Meanwhile, the transportation geographers in Japan should conduct studies on air liberalization and the hub airport competition in Asia.