By Hiroshi Komiyama
At a time while modern demanding situations appear to many to be insurmountable, this e-book bargains an positive view of the longer term and offers a highway map for societies to get there. Drawing upon vast study and plenty of years as a proposal chief in environmental and sustainability matters in Japan and across the world, Hiroshi Komiyama analyzes the main urgent demanding situations to the attainment of sustainability of economically complex international locations and argues forcefully for Japan to guide them out of the current issue via energetic promoting of inventive purchaser and societal call for. He exhibits how an energetic industry–government–academic partnership offers the surroundings had to advertise such new inventive call for and illustrates its capability via presentation of a Platinum Society community that used to be introduced on a local foundation in Japan in 2010 to facilitate the answer of universal concerns during the trade of knowledge and concepts. what's maybe so much stunning concerning the textual content is its unwavering optimism supported by way of tough proof, heritage, and insightful remark. difficulties coming up from new paradigms of the twenty first century (what the writer refers to as “exploding wisdom, constrained Earth assets, and getting older societies“) thwart sustainable improvement in complex and constructing international locations alike. All international locations will fight with concerns that evolve from those paradigms together with diminishing assets, increasing funds deficits, and starting to be international environmental difficulties. This window on power useful pathways and options will be of curiosity to all these engaged in looking how you can meet those modern challenges.
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In the modern period, Adam Smith, who is considered to be the father of economics, wrote An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations in the latter half of the eighteenth century, and expounded the utility of the so-called “invisible hand” that individuals’ pursuit of personal interests promotes the interests of society as a whole. In contemporary words, if left to the free market, an optimal distribution of resources will be achieved through intermediaries of the price, regardless of individual wills (Arrow 1951).
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2 vehicles. That is to say, each 100 people own 50 automobiles and, supposing they replace these every 12 years, among these 100 people each year four people purchase a replacement car. This is the demand in the state of equilibrium. 5 in South Korea, where the saturation state has practically been reached. In Japan’s experience, in 1963 one vehicle per 100 people was reached, and 6 years later three vehicles per 100 people was achieved. South Korea, about 25 years behind Japan, followed the same growth pattern from 1987 to 1992.
Beyond the Limits to Growth: New Ideas for Sustainability from Japan by Hiroshi Komiyama