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  • Kwansei Gakuin University -  Doctor(Geography)

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y Human geography

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  • Geographical research on urban change of advanced capitalist countries in the 21st century

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    Keyword in research subject:  gentrification, inner city, uran revitalization

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  • The Human Geographical Society of Japan

  • The Association of Japanese Geographers

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  • Osaka City University   Graduate School of Business   Global Business Course   Professor  

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  • 2013.04

    Osaka City University  

  • 2013

    Osaka City University  

  • 1995

    Kochi University  

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  • 1990.04

    Kwansei Gakuin University  Graduate School, Division of Letters 

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    Kwansei Gakuin University   Faculty of Literature  


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  • Gentrification in North Brooklyn, New York City and Regional Geography Education

    Yoshihiro Fujitsuka

    The New Geography  69 ( 2 ) 116 - 122 2021.08  [Invited]

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    This paper aims to clarify three points by examining the contents of three high-school Geography-B textbooks on gentrification in New York City.
    The first point is that the textbooks do not delineate recent gentrified areas in New York City. During the 2000s, white population increased in northern Brooklyn. However, the textbooks mention gentrification in South Manhattan.
    Second, there is no explanation of the causes of gentrification. Textbooks should explain the rent gap in inner city areas as a gentrification factor in North Brooklyn. Textbooks present commercial gentrification in southern Manhattan where the rent gap has been closed.
    Third, textbooks should show the consequences of gentrification based on cases in New York City. Although the textbooks introduce immigrants’ communities in New York City, there is no mention of the displacement of Puerto Ricans in South-side, Brooklyn. As rents have increased in North Brooklyn, textbooks should include the causes and effects of gentrification, and stimulate thinking regarding the next gentrified areas.

  • Tourism gentrification in Buckchon, Seoul

    Yoshihiro FUJITSUKA and Yong Ming KIM

    Journal of Japan Society for Urbanology  53   257 - 263 2020.05  [Refereed]

  • Tourism gentrification in post-socialist Budapest

    Yoshihiro FUJITSUKA

    Urban Geography of Japan  15   91 - 99 2020.03  [Refereed]

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    This paper aims to analyze the consequences of tourism gentrification in post-socialist Budapest. Previously, under the socialist government, houses were requisitioned and redistributed among the working class. Due to lack of maintenance, inner-city housing declined substantially.
    Since the abolishment of the socialist regime, state-owned housing was sold to occupants for about 9% of the estimated market price. In the 2000s, many state-owned properties in District VII were rendered unsalable due to their delapidated conditions. Ruin bars that house dilapidated residential buildings have seen widespread popularity since 2004. Most residents weary of the nightlife sounds tend to leave; leading to night-time tourism-induced displacement.


  • Gentrification in post-socialist Prague

    Yoshihiro FUJITSUKA

    Urban Geography of Japan  14   28 - 37 2019.03  [Refereed]

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    Gentrification has emerged in post-socialist cities since the 1990s. This paper aims to clarify three factors of gentrification: the changing inner urban structure, change in landscape, and consequences of river side development in Prague.
    Under a socialist government earlier, the central city area did not boast of great commercial and service activities. However, with the introduction of a market economy, commercialization began to happen. In the 1990s, the Czech government undertook restitution of properties to its owners, or their heirs. Thereafter, gentrification occurred in Vinohrady, an old well-planned suburb.
    Historic landscapes were preserved as world cultural heritage in central Prague. Historical buildings in the city center were used as cafes, restaurants, or souvenir shops for tourists, with a few even refurbished as tourist accommodation. However, a new development was that of office buildings that came up around the historic city center, largely because of demand from foreign establishments.
    The working classes lived in Karlín. On vacant brown fields between existing communities and the Vltava river, office buildings and condominiums were constructed. Prices are higher in housing units with Loggia than normal housing units. In general, rising housing prices affected the formerly affordable housing markets in Prague, where multinational occupants, especially affluent Russians came to reside. However, these buildings faced risk of floods because of their proximity to the river.


  • Globalization and Gentrification in Inner Tokyo

    Yoshihiro FUJITSUKA

    Annals of the Japan Association of Economic Geographers  63 ( 4 ) 320 - 334 2017.12  [Refereed]  [Invited]

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    The paper aims to clarify three points. The first is a comparison of industrial restructuring among three world cities: London, New York City and Tokyo. The share of finance and insurance and real estates is 9% in London, 12% in New York City, and 8% in Tokyo. The share of professional and technical services is 13% in London and New York City, but only 5% in Tokyo.
    The second is an examination of social polarization among white-collar workers, service workers and factory workers. White-collar workers live in central and west Tokyo. Service workers live in northeast and south Tokyo. Factory workers live in the peripheral wards of Adachi, Ota, and Edogawa. Social polarization among foreign workers is revealed.
    The third is a study of the relation between globalization and gentrification, using an index of a change in foreign inhabitants, professional and technical workers. The study districts are Minato 3 in Chuo ward and Shirokane 1 and 3 in Minato ward.
    In Minato 3, high-rise condominium constructions have resulted in gentrification. Super high-rise condominiums could be constructed because the developers bought all sites. The rents in some housing units are very high and mostly foreign workers live in these condominiums with their families.
    In Shirokane 1 and 3, many small and medium-sized factories had been in operation until the early 1990s. However, most factories and factory workers were displaced, and private condominiums were constructed in these areas. Large-scale redevelopment happened in Shirokane 1, which resulted in the construction of high-rise office buildings and condominiums. Mostly foreign companies occupy in the office buildings; the number of and foreigners’ inhabitants has increased in this area.


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Books etc 【 display / non-display

  • Gentrification

    Yoshihiro FUJITSUKA (Part: Single Work )

    Kokon Shoin  2017.03

  • An Illustrated Geography of Urban Problems in Japan

    Yoshihiro FUJITSUKA and Nagatada TAKAYANAGI (Part: Joint Work )

    Kokon Shoin  2016.12

  • Inner City, Gentrification

    (Part: Single Work )

    Fujii, T. and H. Kamiya eds. Urban Geography. Minerva Shobo  2014.03

  • Gentrification

    (Part: Single Work )

    The Human Geographical Society of Japan ed. The Dictionary of Human Geography, Maruzen Publishing Co.  2013.09

  • オーストリアの風景

    浮田 典良, 加賀美 雅弘, 藤塚 吉浩, 呉羽 正昭 (Part: Single Work )

    ナカニシヤ出版  2015.07


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Review Papers (Misc) 【 display / non-display

  • Deregulation policy and gentrification in Chuo Ward, Tokyo

    Yoshihiro Fujitsuka

    IIAS Newsletter  79 ( Spring )  2018.03


Foreigner acceptance 【 display / non-display

  • Academic year : 2004

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