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OKINOSHIMA, Shimane Pref. — The town of Okinoshima on Dogo Island, Shimane Prefecture, is trying to stem its depopulation woes by promoting person-to-person exchanges beyond its shores.

The island, about 80 km northeast of the Shimane Peninsula in the Sea of Japan, takes about two hours by ferry to reach and has a population of about 16,000.

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