Case Study Japan: GIS-technologies in urban planning

This case study describes how geographic information system (GIS) technologies facilitate urban planning in Japan. It draws on examples from three components of urban planning: city master planning, regulation revision and city planning ordinance revision. Urban planning is defined as “city planning, city planning restrictions, city planning projects and any other necessary matters concerning city planning for the sound development and orderly improvement of cities.”45 Spatial data (locational information) can be useful in all stages of urban planning from planning, consensus building and implementation to management and maintenance.

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