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Japan: Support and Promotion of Amami and Ogasawara Islands

(Apr. 24, 2014) The Diet (Japan’s parliament) recently extended the effect of special acts that promote two remote island groups, the Amami and Ogasawara Islands, and added measures to promote and develop the areas. (Act No. 6 of 2014; text of the legislation [in Japanese], Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) website (last […]

Israel: Regulation of Affordable Housing

(Aug. 17, 2011) On August 3, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Planning and Construction Procedures for Speeding of Residential Construction (Temporary Provision) Law, 5771-2011. The stated purpose of the Law is to temporarily provide special arrangements for the approval of construction of residential apartments of various sizes. The Law is intended to increase […]

Israel: Environmentally Friendly Urban Planning

(Dec. 24, 2008) On November 5, 2008, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Planning and Building Law, 5725-1965. The purpose of the amendment is to emphasize the significance of careful development of open areas and to both ensure preservation of existing open areas and allocate more such places in populated urban areas. […]