Minoru Kumano, Tsutomu Ito, Takao Ito



A Determinants Analysis of the Michinoeki in Japan

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This paper examines determinants of Michinoeki, roadside rest station in English, in Japan. The Michinoeki with 27years history is a well-known typical successful model for revitalization of regional economy now. To our best knowledge, academic studies about Michinoeki have not been published yet. The authors have collected the data set in Kyushu Island, and investigated the history, status quo of Michinoeki. Based on data-set, the relationship between two explained variable: sales and number of the purchasers visited, and 11 determinants: Square meters of land space (SMLS), number of the visited cars (NVC), number of the visited large-size cars and trucks (NVLSCT), square meters of parking area (SMPA), total number of the restroom (TNR), square meters of free rest place (SMFRP), seats of the free rest space (SFRS), weekdays’ traffic near the station (WTNS), holidays’ traffic near the station (HTNS), population of the city located (PCL); total expenses including maintenance cost (TEIMC) have been analyzed using regression model. The contributions of this paper are: 1) introduce the framework of the Michinoeki, 2) collect the dataset and test seven hypotheses to clarify the determinants, and 3) discuss the managerial implication of the Michinoeki.



Michinoeki (Road-side rest station), SMLS, NVC, NVLSCT, revitalization of regional economy



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Minoru Kumano, Tsutomu Ito, Takao Ito. (2017) A Determinants Analysis of the Michinoeki in Japan. International Journal of Economics and Management Systems, 2, 287-291


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