Tourism and Economic Sustainability in Japan Analytical Essay by ABCs

Tourism and Economic Sustainability in Japan
An examination of the role of tourism in sustaining Japan's economy.
# 113460 | 1,612 words | 16 sources | APA | 2009 | US
Published on Apr 06, 2009 in Asian Studies (East Asian Cultures) , Asian Studies (General) , Tourism (General)

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This paper discusses issues with Japan's economic growth and sustainability, both recently shaken by increasing inflation and the slowdown in other parts of the world. The writer explains that tourism was not seen as a major economic tool until about two decades ago, and discusses three primary reasons why Japan finds it difficult to attract tourists from North America and Europe. The writer provides definitions of sustainability and statistics on how Japan's increased promotion of the tourist industry in the 1990s was reflected in the gross domestic product. The paper concludes that the tourist industry is expected to grow into Japan's leading industry, as the Japanese authorities become more aware of its positive impact on the GDP and on employment.

General Economic Overview of Japan
General Overview of Tourism in Japan
Definition and Types of Sustainability
Economic Impacts of Tourism in Japan

From the Paper:

"Japan used to base its economy on agricultural activities, but they are now turning to incomes from services. Agriculture is declining and it is now among the highest subsidized activities in Japan, and among the highest subsidized agricultural activities within the world. Japan is generally self sufficient in producing rice, but they import about 55 percent of the food supplies. Economic growth has been at an average of 10 percent for the 1960, 5 percent in the 1970 and 4 percent in the 1980s. In the 1990s, the growth had declined to an average of 1.7 percent, generally due to over privatization and over investments and the price bubble. More recently, the economy of Japan has been negatively impacted by the economic slowdown in the United States, Europe and other Asian countries."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Balassa, B.A., Noland, M., 1988, Japan in the World Economy, Peterson Institute for International Economics
  • Cochrane, J., 2008, Asian Tourism, Elsevier Science and Technology Books
  • Hiroko, T., 2004, The Political Economy of Reproduction in Japan: Between Nation-State and Everyday Life, Routledge
  • Hiroyuki, H., 2003, Between Preservation and Tourism: Folk Performing Arts in Contemporary Japan, Asian Folklore Studies, Volume 23
  • Hudman, L., Jackson, R., Essa, E., 2002, Geography of Travel and Tourism, 4th Edition, Cengage Delmar Learning

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