Rural governments taking unique tacks to engage women in workforce

Aug 24, 2016

Rural governments taking unique tacks to engage women in workforce

Beyond Japan’s big cities, unique approaches in workplace are taking place to promote female engagement in society, including by supporting women who are developing regional specialty products. Iwate Prefecture launched a project in fiscal 2015 to support women in the fields of dairy husbandry ...

The mountain village that tried to disappear

Jan 31, 2015

The mountain village that tried to disappear

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Our arrival at Yunishigawa-Onsen Station in Tochigi Prefecture is more than a little disconcerting. The two-carriage train, which until now has been chugging determinedly through an increasingly snowy landscape, pulls to a halt in the middle of a tunnel. The doors slide open to ...

Oya: The town that turned to stone

May 17, 2014

Oya: The town that turned to stone

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It’s always good to know something about the ground under your feet when you visit a new destination. Geology, in a very real sense, is the foundation of the former renown and wealth of Oya-machi, a town with the dimensions of a village in ...