Coming to terms with nature: Development dilemmas on the ogasawara Islands

Nanyan Guo, Gavan McCormack

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

    9 Citations (Scopus)


    Japan’s Ogasawara (or Bonin) Islands are a site from which to observe the changing Japanese balance between bio-diversity and single-minded development, between the desire to save native species and the desire to satisfy human convenience, and between the modesty and creativity of local peoples and the arrogance and insensitivity bred of massive public works funding. This paper looks at the history of natural environment, the process of human settlement and depletion of bio-diversity, the present state of nature, the planned airport, local alternative proposals and recent shifts in bureaucratic thinking about it. The Ogasawara Islands are peripheral and economically 'backward', but they are now at the forefront of the struggle to re-negotiate the balance between humanity and nature in Japan.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)177-193
    Number of pages17
    JournalJapan Forum
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Sept 2001


    Dive into the research topics of 'Coming to terms with nature: Development dilemmas on the ogasawara Islands'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

    Cite this