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REVITALIZING THE REGIONS

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THEME FOR FEBRUARY
REVITALIZING THE REGIONS

In this month's Feature, we take a look at some of the efforts being made nationwide, on a public, private and individual level, to address the exhaustion of regional economies caused by population decrease and revitalize these economies.

FEATURES

Essential Points for Regional Revitalization

An interview with Professor Hiroya Masuda, a member of the Council on Overcoming Population Decline and Vitalizing Local Economy

Nurturing Leaders to “Create the Future”

A new college in Tono, Iwate Prefecture, is on a mission to develop human resources that will catalyze regional development in the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake.

Changing Agriculture

Yabu City in Hyogo Prefecture is introducing unprecedented agricultural reforms.

The Lure of a Kyoto Fishing Village

Ine, a fishing village in Kyoto Prefecture, is leveraging its unique scenery as a tourism resource to revive the local economy and reverse the trend of depopulation.

Adventures on Fields of Drifting Snow

Aomori’s Drifting Snow Tour takes advantage of the unusual local blizzards to attract tourists.

Starry Night

Achi Village in Nagano Prefecture is pulling in the crowds promising visitors “the best starry sky in Japan.”

A Network of Mothers Inspires

A child care group established by one mother twenty years ago is now spearheading the creation of a society that enables everyone to raise children with ease.

Hot Springing Cures for All

Semboku City in Akita Prefecture is reviving the age-old tradition of toji hot spring cures.

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