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Housing and Land Survey

3. Dwelling Environment and Type of City Planning-related terms

Width and Road Abutting on the Site

An inquiry was made about the width and condition of paved roads abutting on the site of the housing unit.
The width includes those of sidewalks and gutters, and when there are two or more abutting roads, the widest one should be mentioned.
If the site of the housing unit only abuts on a vacant lot or park but not on any road, or if the site only borders a road for a length less than 2 meters, then it should be defined as "not abutting on." However, if the site is adjacent to open ground such as a station square, such ground should be provisionally regarded as a road 10 meters in width or wider for the sake of convenience.

Type of City Planning Areas

Based on the type of city planning area, enumeration districts for this survey were classified as follows:

○City Planning Area

 1. Undivided city planning area

   (1)Urbanization promotion area

   (2)Urbanization control area

 2. Non-undivided city planning area

   (1)Use district

   (2)Other than use district

○Areas other than City Planning Area

 3. Quasi-city planning area

   (1) Use district

   (2) Other than use district

 4. Others

   (1)Use district

   (2)Other than use district

(Special tabulation)

○Fire protection areas (Fire-protection districts and quasi-fire protection districts)

 In case of areas falling under "Urbanization control area in Undivided city planning area," "Use district in Non-undivided city planning area" or "Use district in Quasi-city planning area," the relevant use districts were classified as shown below.
 Any enumeration district falling into two or more classification groups was included in the group with the smaller number.

  1. Industrial areas
    1. Industrial area A
      (1)Exclusively industrial district
      (2)Exclusively industrial district with others
      (3)Industrial district
      (4)Industrial district with others
    2. Industrial area B
      (5)Quasi-industrial district
      (6)Quasi-industrial district with others
  2. Commercial areas
    1. Commercial area A
      (7)Commercial district
      (8)Commercial district with others
    2. Commercial area B
      (9)Neighborhood commercial district
      (10)Neighborhood commercial district with others
  3. Residential areas
    1. Residential district
      (11)Quasi-residential district
      (12)CategoryIIresidential district
      (13)CategoryI residential district
      (14)Residential district CategoryI and Category II
      (15)Residential district with others
    2. Exclusively medium-high residential
      (16)CategoryII exclusively medium-high residential
      (17)CategoryI exclusively medium-high residential
      (18)Exclusively medium-high residential CategoryI and CategoryII
      (19)Exclusively medium-high residential with others
    3. Exclusively low-story residential
      (20)CategoryII exclusively low-story residential
      (21)CategoryI exclusively low-story residential
      (22)Exclusively low-story residential CategoryI and CategoryII

Legal Building Coverage Ratio of enumeration district

The legal building coverage ratio of enumeration districts were classified based on the type of city planning area.
An enumeration district extending beyond more than two categories, however, was classified as the dominant category.
An enumeration district not covered by the city planning area was classified as "Not specified."

Legal Floor Space Ratios of enumeration district

The legal floor space ratio of enumeration districts were classified in accordance with the Building Standards Law, based on the type of city planning area.
An enumeration district extending over more than two areas, however, was included in the dominant area.

Situation Public Sewer

An enumeration district in a sewerage treatment area was included in "Connected to public sewer." In other cases, enumeration districts were included in "Not connected to public sewer."

Distance to the Nearest Medical Facilities

Enumeration districts were classified according to the shortest distance along the road, from the central point of the enumeration district to the nearest medical facilities.

Distance to the Nearest Park

Enumeration districts were classified according to the shortest distance along the road, from the central point of the enumeration district to the nearest park.

Distance to the Nearest Public Hall/Meeting Place

Enumeration districts were classified according to the shortest distance along the road, from the central point of the enumeration district to the nearest public hall or meeting hall.

Distance to the Nearest Emergency Refuge Site

Enumeration districts were classified according to the shortest distance along the road, from the central point of the enumeration district to the nearest emergency refuge site.

Distance to the Nearest Day Services Center for the Aged

Enumeration districts were classified according to the shortest distance along the road, from the central point of the enumeration district to the nearest day services center for the aged.

Distance to Road 6 meters in width or wider

Enumeration districts were classified according to the shortest distance along the road, from the central point of the enumeration district to a road 6 meters in width or wider.

Distance to the Nearest Post Office or Bank

Enumeration districts were classified according to the shortest distance along the road, from the central point of the enumeration district to the nearest post office or bank.

Distance to the Nearest Railroad Station or Bus Stop

Enumeration districts were classified according to the shortest distance along the road, from the central point of the enumeration district to the nearest railroad station or bus stop.

Distance to the Nearest Nursery

Enumeration districts were classified according to the shortest distance along the road, from the central point of the enumeration district to the nearest nursery.

Distance to the Nearest Elementary School

Enumeration districts were classified according to the shortest distance along the road, from the central point of the enumeration district to the nearest elementary school.

Distance to the Nearest Junior High School

Enumeration districts were classified according to the shortest distance along the road, from the central point of the enumeration district to the nearest junior high school.

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