2017 Volume 73 Issue 5 Pages I_301-I_308
Currently, in municipalities in Japan, financial situations have been tightened due to reasons such as aging society and less children, creation of industries and employment, infrastructure maintenance, etc. Such issues in municipal finance have been significant in local municipalities, but suburban cities in the Tokyo Metropolitan Area now have similar problems due to extended urban areas. Therefore, those suburban municipalities are required to maintain an appropriate administrative service levels as well as formulating proactive measures for healthier financial situations.
In this study, we analyzed characteristics in municipal finance in the Tokyo Metropolitan Area (4 prefectures) using financial indices and socioeconomic data with the purpose of guiding directions for better municipal financial situations for the future.