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Factors Influencing Attachment toward Fukushima-Gata Lagoon: Analyzing Changes in the Lifestyle of Regional Residents

Version 1 : Received: 19 February 2019 / Approved: 20 February 2019 / Online: 20 February 2019 (12:09:01 CET)

How to cite: Ogawa, D.; Fukumoto, R. Factors Influencing Attachment toward Fukushima-Gata Lagoon: Analyzing Changes in the Lifestyle of Regional Residents. Preprints 2019, 2019020191 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201902.0191.v1). Ogawa, D.; Fukumoto, R. Factors Influencing Attachment toward Fukushima-Gata Lagoon: Analyzing Changes in the Lifestyle of Regional Residents. Preprints 2019, 2019020191 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201902.0191.v1).

Abstract

The growing shortage of human resources to manage landscape in the water environment has led to problems concerning preservation of the landscape in Japan. To cultivate people with awareness about preserving the landscape, it is important to understand the process of how a region’s residents develop an attachment toward the water environment in their area. This paper identified factors influencing the attachment of residents toward the Fukushima-gata lagoon, Niigata prefecture, Japan, as a case study while focusing on changes in the lifestyle of the regional residents. The findings are as follows: (1) The target households frequently used Fukushima-gata lagoon for “fishing and for picking edible wild plants” and “gathering reeds to make thatched roofs” before “the reclamation project was carried out by the government in Fukushima-gata lagoon.” They also frequented Fukushima-gata lagoon for “walking and cherry blossom viewing” after “the reclamation project” was implemented. (2) Even the fact that distance from the lagoon to their place of residence increased after the project did not lose their attachment to the lagoon. (3) It was suggested that the project contributed to increase the attachment of regional residents towards Fukushima-gata lagoon because of multiple factors such as “playing in the water,” “livelihood opportunity,” “recreational use,” and so on. (4) Changes in the attachment of regional residents toward Fukushima-gata lagoon before and after the reclamation project was carried out by the government corresponded to “changes in the lifestyle of the local residents” before and after the project.

Subject Areas

Fukushima-gata lagoon; attachment; changes in lifestyle; actual condition of use

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