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JUN YAMASHITA Last modified date:2023.11.22

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Field of Specialization
Environmental geography, Regional planning, Geographical information science
Outline Activities
My research focuses on the creation of sustainable cities in terms of urban welfare and the environment and of the relationship between urban structure and urban sustainability using field surveys and analytical methods such as geographic information systems. I am also interested in the development of indicators to measure the progress of sustainability in cities and evaluation methods for sustainable urban policies.
Research Interests
  • A study on applications of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to environmental policy and planning
    keyword : sustainable development, geographical information system (GIS), environmental policy and plannning
    2000.10Studies on applications of GIS (geographical information systems) in regional environmental policy and planning.
  • A study on environmental urban policies in the European Union
    keyword : sustainable cities, sustainable development indicators, regional policy, environmental assessment
    1999.04Studies on urban environmental policies in the European Union.
Academic Activities
1. Yamashita, J., Mishra, R.K., Kumari, C.L., Chachra, S., Krishna, P.S.J., Dubey, A., Singh, R.B. (Eds.), Smart Cities for Sustainable Development, Springer Nature, 10.1007/978-981-16-7410-5_6, Smart City Initiatives in Japan: Achievements and Remaining Issues, 2022.05.
2. Yamashita, J., Hino, M. and Tsutsumi, J. eds., Urban Geography of Post-Growth Society, Tohoku University Press, Yamashita, J., Knowledge spillover effects on agglomerations of environment-related industries: A case in Japan, pp. 225-245, 2015.02.
3. Yamashita, J., Spatial Interaction and Spatial Structure: A Study of Public Facility Location, Lund University Press, 186 p, 1995.06.
1. Yamashita, J., Seto, T., Iwasaki, N., Nishimura, Y., Quality assessment of volunteered geographic information for outdoor activities: An analysis of OpenStreetMap data for names of peaks in Japan, Geo-spatial Information Science, 10.1080/10095020.2022.2085188, 2022.03, Geographical studies of outdoor activities have increased in recent years with the rise in popularity of these activities worldwide, including in Japan. Volunteered geographic information (VGI) is a key tool for organizing outdoor activities as it offers a means to determine the locational information and names of places. To evaluate the quality of VGI, geospatial data generated by land survey agencies and other VGI are often utilized as reference data. However, since these reference data may not be available, other methods are necessary to assure the quality of VGI. In this study, we examined five trust indicators based on the inherent characteristics of VGI through an empirical case study. We used mountain names extracted from OpenStreetMap in Japan as data because there were almost no other VGI in the vicinity. As a result, we isolated three trust indicators, namely versions, users, and tag corrections, to examine the thematic accuracy of VGI because these were the only statistically significant indicators. However, we found that the prediction rate of thematic accuracy was very low. To improve thematic accuracy, this study recommends using the most accurate versions, applying correctly given tags, and considering the motivations and characteristics of the VGI contributors..
2. Yamashita, J., Seto, T., Nishimura, Y., Iwasaki, N., VGI contributors’ awareness of geographic information quality and its effect on data quality: a case study from Japan, International Journal of Cartography, 10.1080/23729333.2019.1613086, 5, 2-3, 214-224, 2019.06.
3. Yamashita, J., Public facility utilization by subgroups of non-institutionalized elderly persons in Matsumoto, Geographical Review of Japan Ser. B, Vol. 70-1, pp. 1-9., 1997.10.
Membership in Academic Society
  • International Geographical Union, Urban Commission