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Green economic recovery requires sustained effort

Satoyama Consortium Dec 11, 2020

Green economic recovery requires sustained effort

by Maiko Muraoka

With major nations starting to show commitment to a green economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, increasing sustainability will be key to both regional revitalization and fostering businesses run according to environmental, social and corporate governance factors (ESG.) “Achieving sustainability would ensure full lives for ...

With sea and sake, using business to revitalize regions

Satoyama Consortium Dec 11, 2020

With sea and sake, using business to revitalize regions

Various efforts are being made by stakeholders, both public and private, to revitalize rural areas in Japan. Using the power of business is an effective way to reinvigorate regions, and rejuvenated communities can in return support the sustainability of businesses. Businesses that grow with ...

Resident input key to Niseko ESG success

Satoyama Consortium Oct 1, 2020

Resident input key to Niseko ESG success

The Hokkaido town of Niseko is known not only for the high-quality powder snow that draws skiers from around the world, but also for its residents who are proactive in the town’s management. The town’s total commitment to information disclosure is the basis for ...

Urbanites work to help sustain rural areas

Satoyama Consortium Aug 26, 2020

Urbanites work to help sustain rural areas

Setouchi Jam’s Garden, a jam producer on the remote Suo Oshima island in Yamaguchi Prefecture, contributes to the local economy by selling jams made of local produce to tourists and online with the help of a web marketer living and working in Tokyo. The ...

Local economies leaning into sustainability

Satoyama Consortium Aug 3, 2020

Local economies leaning into sustainability

The city of Mutsu in Aomori Prefecture manages a circular regional economy using existing resources. Activities and projects to realize such an economy have accelerated since Soichiro Miyashita became mayor six years ago. “It is important to think how to include the whole region in ...

Rural communities look to urban populations for growth

Satoyama Consortium Jul 19, 2020

Rural communities look to urban populations for growth

Engagement of nonresidents can be effective in revitalizing rural communities and their industries. At the same time, there are certain things that are only possible through utilizing existing regional resources of rural, mountain and seaside areas that people, especially nonresidents, find valuable. “We intend to ...

Old values, practices need re-evaluating

Satoyama Consortium Jun 28, 2020

Old values, practices need re-evaluating

Satoyama capitalism is a new concept of capitalism that centers around effective use of natural resources in creating new values to foster a sustainable future for local communities. In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the idea of satoyama capitalism is being increasingly embraced and ...