Edited by Harry W. Richardson, Chang-Hee Christine Bae and Sang-Chuel Choe
21. Conclusions Harry W. Richardson and Chang-Hee Christine Bae This conclusion is written by two of the co-editors with input by the third editor, Professor Sang-Chuel Choe (the Chairman of the Presidential Committee on Regional Development, PCRD), primarily on the accuracy of any statement. The reshaping of regional policy in Korea is still evolving, and the main aim of this concluding chapter is to provide some commentary and constructive criticism to help the policy going forward. A major difference between the ‘Introduction’ (Chapter 1) and some of the later Korean chapters is that the ‘Introduction’ was written later, probably with more insider knowledge. Most of the other Korean chapters were last revised in the autumn of 2009. Their content continues to have substantial merit, but the new regional policy is a work in progress and is likely to change month by month. The Japanese chapters also reflect a similar pattern; a new regional institutional structure that is not yet fully in place. As pointed out in some of the earlier chapters, the PCRD was established in May 2008 to develop higher regional levels of spatial planning. It set up seven regions (five of which were multiple provinces and cities and two were individual provinces, Jeju and Gangwon; hence the ‘512’). The provinces included in each Economic Region are as follows: Capital Region (Seoul, Incheon and Gyeonggi), Chungcheong Region (Daejeon, Chungnam and Chungbuk), Honam Region (Gwangju, Jeonnam and Jeonbuk), Daegyeong Region (Daegu, Gyeongbuk) and Dongnam Region (Busan, Ulsan and Gyeongnam). Gangwon...
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