The territoriality of domestic branch offices of Japanese firms as a noneconomic principle influencing the choice of branch office location

Masateru Hino

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Abstract

In Japan, as regional centers are referred to as cities with branch office economies, the agglomeration of branch offices has become an important component in the economies of major cities. To begin with, in order to demonstrate this situation, I counted the number of employees in branch offices and estimated the weight of branch offices as basic activities of the urban economy for major cities. As a result, the share of branch offices in basic activities of urban economy reached 20% or more for many of major cities. Next, I theoretically examined the location of branch office. The economic principles of location indicated by previous studies on the location of tertiary industry could be applied to the location of branch office. However, the branch offices are generally established under the territoriality of branch office, which is the institution to organize spatially marketing activities. In addition, branch office territories tend to be set up in parallel with the hierarchical system of administrative regionalization. Moreover, the establishment of branch office territories tends to precede the choice of branch office location. Thus, coupled with the economic principles of location, the territoriality of branch offices can be pointed out to lead to the concentrated agglomeration of specific branch offices in central cities at the regional and prefectural levels.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-22
Number of pages22
JournalScience Reports of the Tohoku University, Series 7: Geography
Volume49
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1999 Dec 1

Keywords

  • Agglomeration of branch offices
  • Branch office economy
  • Japan
  • Regional centers
  • Territoriality of branch office
  • Tokyo-based headquarters

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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