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February 2017

New Pioneers of Local Development

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PRIME MINISTER'S DIARY
- PRIME MINISTER ABE VISITS THE PHILIPPINES, AUSTRALIA, INDONESIA AND VIETNAM
- PRIME MINISTER ABE VISITS HAWAII: JAPAN-US SUMMIT MEETING

COVER STORY
New Pioneers of Local Development

FEATURES

In Splendid Isolation

Shouya Grigg’s successful brand of boutique accommodation on Japan’s northernmost island of Hokkaido only goes to show that remoteness is a highly desirable thing.

New Friends of an Unfamiliar Home Town

Hirado City in Nagasaki Prefecture is the unlikely recipient of one of the largest amounts of out-of-town donations in Japan.

Let There Be Wine

A new winery in Fukushima Prefecture is helping to revive the local fruit-farming industry while bringing delicious new products to the Japanese table.

Gateway Okinawa

Okinawa Prefecture is re-establishing itself as a major international logistics hub.

Filling a Need

A food-processing technology developed by a Japanese confectioner more than fifty years ago is now utilized in more than 120 countries around the world.

Considering a Move to Itoshima

What is it about Itoshima in Fukuoka Prefecture?

A Tale of Two Cities

Architect Toshio Yada, who divides his time between Tokyo and Okayama, works on regional revitalization, making use of regional cultural resources.

Seeking Out Hida

Inspired by the hit 2016 animated movie Your Name, tourists have been flocking to Hida in Gifu Prefecture.

SERIES

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Mud, Mud, Glorious Mud

An innovative mud conditioning technology is being employed on a wide scale in reconstruction work following the Great East Japan Earthquake.

HOME AWAY FROM HOME
Sharing the Lessons Learned from Disaster

Briton Richard Halberstadt is enjoying a new life in northeastern Japan as director of the Ishinomaki Community and Information Center.

INNOVATIVE ARTISTS
Get Knitted

Saki Chikaraishi is working to create a new relationship between people and towns through the colorful medium of knitting.

TRADITIONAL CRAFTS
The Land and the Sea

230 millions years in the making, Ogatsu slate suzuri are the calligrapher’s inkstone of choice.

JAPAN HERITAGE
At One with Nature

At Dewa Sanzan in Yamagata Prefecture, the ancient practice of ascetic mountain worship continues to be passed on from generation to generation.