Water Right Adjustment and the Land Improvement Districts

Mamoru Okabe
1985 Journal of Irrigation Engineering and Rural Planning  
The water right is defined as a right for exclusive and monopolistic use of river water, which is legalized with the special permission of river administrators. In other words, river water here is considered an object to be legally occupied. However, this definition is not for general water rights but for the licensed water rights, which were, in Japan, preceded by customary water rights based upon the actual conditions of water use. The Land Improvement Law was enacted in 1949 and new
more » ... ions called "Land Improvement Districts" come to existence, land improvement districts have become the organizations which have inherited the customary water rights possessed by Suin Kumiai (irrigation associations.). Since the New River Law was enacted in 1964, every customary water right must have been registered. When a land improvement district constructs, possesses and controls irrigation facili ties, it is inevitable that the water rights belong to the district. I. THE CUSTOMARY WATER RIGHT AND IRRIGATION ASSOCIATIONS 1. Definition of the water right Irrigation Engineering and Rural Planning No.7, 1985
doi:10.11408/jierp1982.1985.21 fatcat:cegkqyhckzhtpnojfg5fo32zte