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Foreword 7 Introduction:The Challenges Facing Japanese Communities - Furukawa Shun'ichi 9 1. Decentralization inJapan m Furukawa Shun'ichi 21 2. The Socioeconomic Impact of Community Businesses m Kanagawa Kji 47 3. Local Government and Resident Foreigners: A Chang- ing Relationship m Kashiwazaki Chikako 63 4. International Policies of Local Governments * MenjuToshihiro 89 5. ThinkTanks in a Changing Regional Environment - Nakamura Madoka 111 6. Prospects for a Self-Sustainable Local Fiscal System - NumaoNamiko 133 7. The Emergence of NPOs and the Implications for Local Governance - Tamura Shigeru 161 About the Contributors 179 Index 183Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: Conflict management European Union countries Case studies, European Union countries Foreign relations Case studies, European Union, Cyprus History Cyprus Crisis, 1974-Serbia and Montenegro Politics and government, Dniester Moldovan Republic Ethnic relations, Dniester Moldovan Republic Politics and government, Abkhazia (Georgia) Ethnic relations, Abkhazia (Georgia) History Autonomy and independence movements