The Bulletin of the Center for Research on Regional Economic Systems, the Graduate School of Social Science, Hiroshima University Issue 15
A Study on the Office Location and Its Determinant Factors in Okayama City
Many local cities in Japan have been suffering from the decline of economic activities in the city center. The Japanese Government enacted "the Law for the Rehabilitation of City Center" in 1998 and has been conducting various measures for the declining city center under the cooperation of Ministries and Agencies. This paper aims to examine the trends in office location and their impact on the decline of the central area of Okayama City. The empirical studies using data form the Establishment Census of Japan and the directories of Okayama Chamber of Commerce have identified a rapid growth of office location in the suburban area contrary to the city center. A questionnaire survey for the relocated firms has revealed the provision of parking spaces and the rent are important factors to determine the office location.
Rehabilitation of city center