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2012 Vol.3
Local Energy Governance and Local Revitalization


As seen from the vision of local energy governance, various regions have started discussions on what the true meaning of local well-being should be and have been introducing policies for such true local well-being. This study discusses the significance and future direction of local energy governance based on the results of a 2010 survey conducted by the author targeting local governments on local revival and revitalization. The discussion addresses the circular flow of the economy within regions, globalization and localization, local autonomy, and redistribution, particularly from the viewpoint of local revitalization. In addition, the study presents an initiative called “Chinju no Mori (sacred groves of the village shrines) as natural energy communities” that has been started and is being promoted by the author in efforts to combine local energy governance and local culture and traditions.