Analysis of Japanese Municipalities With Geopark, MAB, and GIAHS Certification: Quantitative Approach to Official Records With Text-Mining Methods

Ryo Kohsaka, Hikaru Matsuoka

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Abstract

We analyzed the discussions of Japanese municipalities in their process for obtaining certifications for the Geoparks by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB) by the UNESCO, and the Globally Important Agricultural Heritage systems (GIAHS) by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. The official records at the municipality diet were analyzed in a quantitative manner from 2011 to 2013. As the first step, we analyzed the eight municipalities of Noto and Sado for the GIAHS, the cities Itoigawa and Hakusan for the Geopark, and Katsuyama Yamanouchi village from Nagano for the MAB. As individual examples, we analyzed City of Suzu with GIAHS, Itoigawa (Geopark), and Yamanouchi town (MAB) with the text-mining approach. For the GIAHS, it was clear that the larger municipalities with city status tended to discuss certification issues more frequently than the smaller towns and villages. Terms such as conservation and certification tended to be used with GIAHS at the Suzu City. The term brand was used with GIAHS and MAB but not for the Geopark. The findings using quantitative methods are at initial stage for analysis of municipality strategies and require further future research.

Original languageEnglish
JournalSAGE Open
Volume5
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Nov 30

Keywords

  • GIAHS
  • MAB
  • biodiversity
  • heritage
  • municipalities

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)

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