In Japan the importance of shopping centres has increased rapidly over the last decade, with shopping centres having become the main shopping venue for many Japanese people. This presentation explores this development through a number of case studies, developing propositions about the processes, motives and challenges that underlie shopping centre development in Japan. The presentation will also show the problems that shopping centre development has caused in terms of urban development and how shopping centre management principles are increasingly being utilized in efforts to revitalize the traditional inner-city shopping districts. The data for this exploratory study was collected during a one year sabbatical in Japan.
Hendrik Meyer-Ohle is Associate Professor for Japanese Business and Management in the Department of Japanese Studies and Vice-Dean for Graduate Studies and International Relations in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences of the National University of Singapore. His research and teaching interests range from marketing, retailing and consumer culture to human resources management. Publications include Innovation and Dynamics in Japanese Retailing: From Techniques to Formats to Systems and as editor Corporate Strategies for Southeast Asia after the Crisis: A Comparison of Multinational Firms from Japan and Europe and most recently Japanese Workplaces in Transition: Employee Perceptions.