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May 2019

REGIONAL REVITALIZATION

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THEME FOR May
REGIONAL REVITALIZATION

Continued overcrowding in Tokyo combined with rural depopulation is predicted to have serious long-term consequences for Japan’s society and economy. The Japanese government has therefore positioned regional revitalization as a key policy to address both problems.
In this issue, we introduce examples of how local authorities, organizations and individuals in regions across Japan have responded to a variety of challenges and in doing so brought new levels of vitality to their respective communities.

FEATURES

Regional Revitalization Paves the Way for the Future of Japan

An interview with Akiko Ito, Director General, Secretariat of the Headquarters for Overcoming Population Decline and Vitalizing Local Economy in Japan, Cabinet Secretariat

How a Hotel Revived a Castle Town

An initiative launched ten years ago to restore traditional houses in Tamba-Sasayama has transformed the castle town.

Tsunami Recovery and New Town Development

Leveled by the tsunami of March 2011, Onagawa Town has returned to its former vigor through a creative rebuilding plan.

A Village that Recovered Miraculously from the Verge of Extinction

Iketani Village in Tokamachi, Niigata Prefecture, has achieved more than mere recovery from the 2004 earthquake.

A Town Producing Milk and Hydrogen

The dairy farming town of Shikaoi in Hokkaido is creating added value to its main business by making use of animal waste.

A Small-town Strategy: Supporting Child Rearing and Personal Connections

Working alongside the local government, the people of Nagi in Okayama Prefecture have introduced new, more family-friendly ways of working.

A Community Re-Energized by the Olympic and Paralympic Games

Tagawa City in Fukuoka Prefecture is preparing to host the German wheelchair fencing team in advance of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Akita Inu Tourism: A Dog’s Tale

Northern Akita Prefecture, the home of the Akita inu dog breed, is leveraging its canine attractions to increase tourism to the local area.

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