Relationship between High-Speed Rail and Regional Development: Lessons from Japanese Benchmark Cases

14 Pages Posted: 3 Jan 2020

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Kazuaki Hiraishi

Mitsubishi Research Institute, Inc.

Date Written: May 23, 2019

Abstract

High-speed rail (HSR) is not a “sufficient condition” but a “necessary condition” for regional development. Understanding how to use HSR for regional development is essential. Japan’s Shinkansen (bullet train) has a 50-year history, and Japan has long attempted to utilize Shinkansen for regional development. We introduce Shinkansen-related regional development cases, including a national economic plan, tourism promotion, and development around Shinkansen stations. Several HSR development plans are currently in progress around the world, especially in Asian countries, and the Japanese experience is informative and useful for these countries. We present a case study concerning advising Kuala Lumpur–Singapore’s HSR based on Japanese experiences, in particular the effectiveness of the “back-casting approach” for localization.

Keywords: high-speed rail, regional development, Japan shinkansen

JEL Classification: L92, N95, O53, R58

Suggested Citation

Hiraishi, Kazuaki, Relationship between High-Speed Rail and Regional Development: Lessons from Japanese Benchmark Cases (May 23, 2019). ADBI Working Paper 958, May 2019, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3512294 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3512294

Kazuaki Hiraishi (Contact Author)

Mitsubishi Research Institute, Inc. ( email )

Otemachi 2-3-6, Chiyoda-ku
Tokyo, 100-8141
Japan

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