10.30.2012

The Battle for Narita: Eminent Domain, Citizen Resistance, and Contradictions of State-Supported Neoliberal Development in Japan

I'm doing a brief presentation tomorrow on eminent domain / compulsory purchase in Japan and the battle over the construction of Narita International Airport. I'll probably turn this into a longer paper eventually. Interesting how the state/neoliberal development interests of an airport from the 60s literally were put right on top of the land used for older economic forms (agricultural land). The contradiction of 'hands off' globalized economic development needing to use a very 'hands on' tool of the state (eminent domain) to advance itself is also interest.

Here is a documentary about it:

Here are my slides:

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