NRI Papers
No. 170 February 1, 2012
  Suggestions for Continuous Cooperation Derived from Cases of Services Supporting People with Limited Access to Shopping Facilities  
Ken-ichi KUDO, Atsushi KIMURA, Hiroyuki NOZAKI and Kazumasa UEDA

Against a backdrop of a declining and aging population and increased motorization, the number of stores located within walking distance of community residents is decreasing and the availability of public transportation is diminishing in depopulated areas. As people age, they find it difficult to drive to stores some distance away. According to our projections, all over Japan, about 6.8 million people face limited access to shopping facilities. In an attempt to offer suggestions for launching and continuing services aimed at assisting these people, we selected 24 service cases and classified them into three categories, namely, (1) small lifestyle-related service facilities (small bases), (2) transportation of merchandise and (3) transportation of people. Based on our research results, we derived the following suggestions to ensure continuous cooperation among multiple entities in different sectors such as private sector enterprises, community residents and the national and local governments. These suggestions are: (1) setting up small lifestyle-related service facilities (small bases), (2) rebuilding distribution and transportation networks, (3) sharing distribution functions among businesses, residents and the government, (4) sharing business resources and (5) establishing a balance between public benefit and profitability.

I Overview of Research
II Existing Literature
III Study of Service Cases
IV Required Activities to Enable Continuous Cooperation
V Suggestions for Continuous Cooperation and Challenges to Address


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