A fisheries training program introduced to find successors in Haida, a hamlet in Owase, Mie Prefecture, has drawn interest from younger people in larger cities.

Haida Ryoshi Juku, launched by a local fisheries association and organized for the second year in a row, is already making progress: One of last year's two participants has decided to settle down and enter the local business.

Guided by experienced fishermen, 23-year-old Junya Kashiwagi, was working aboard a gillnetter catching shrimp as part of this year's training program.