Case studies in flatland farmland neighborhood landscape complex units: Asami district

Yuki Murase, Jyun Ichi Kitamura, Nobuko Kawaguchi, Hiroyuki Shimizu, Chika Takatori

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This chapter discusses the case study of Asami District, located in the eastern part of Matsusaka City in Mie Prefecture between the Kushida River in the east and the Kongo River in the west, as a flatland farmland neighborhood landscape complex unit. Asami District was developed during the 8th century, and in some parts still uses Jori-sei, a traditional land allotting system, that encourages and maintains rich biodiversity in the area. However, as traditional paddy field allotting based on Jori-sei imposes a stronger level of labor to aged farmers, the modern agricultural land improvement project is progressing rapidly in this area. The loss of these undeveloped fields with ecological, historical, and cultural value could negatively impact the area; as such, a well-considered improvement method for sustainable land management of the area is required. As a consequence, the relationship between biodiversity and landscape management labor accounts is clarified and future scenarios that are balancing them are considered.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLabor Forces and Landscape Management
Subtitle of host publicationJapanese Case Studies
PublisherSpringer Singapore
Number of pages29
ISBN (Electronic)9789811022784
ISBN (Print)9789811022777
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2016
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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Murase, Y., Kitamura, J. I., Kawaguchi, N., Shimizu, H., & Takatori, C. (2016). Case studies in flatland farmland neighborhood landscape complex units: Asami district. In Labor Forces and Landscape Management: Japanese Case Studies (pp. 233-261). Springer Singapore.