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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 ...

Mie tour highlights environmental efforts

Satoyama Consortium May 24, 2020

Mie tour highlights environmental efforts

The city of Shima in Mie Prefecture is blessed with natural richness in both seaside and mountain areas. A group of 25 people went on a study tour to three locations in the city to witness the environment’s resources and to meet the people ...

Sustainable lifestyle key to a stable society

Satoyama Consortium May 10, 2020

Sustainable lifestyle key to a stable society

As a society with an aging population and dropping birthrate, Japan is facing the question of what sustainable development is — and how to achieve it. This is what Kosuke Motani, chief senior economist at the Japan Research Institute Ltd., stressed when he gave the ...

Local production, local consumption urged

Satoyama Consortium Apr 26, 2020

Local production, local consumption urged

In a bid to share experiences and ideas about the effective use of existing resources of rural areas for revitalizing Japan’s local economy, the Japan Times Satoyama Consortium and the city of Shima in Mie Prefecture co-hosted a two-day event at the Hotel & ...

Panel groups share marine protection efforts

Satoyama Consortium Apr 21, 2020

Panel groups share marine protection efforts

Fishermen, divers, nonprofits and other organizations are working in communities across Japan to conserve marine and coastal environments that have been threatened by natural disasters, unbalanced marine ecology and other factors. A two-day event on topics related to satoyama (mountains and woods used and maintained ...

Ibaraki group offers cultural workshops

Satoyama Consortium Mar 23, 2020

Ibaraki group offers cultural workshops

Spinning cotton, crafting traditional decorations and cooking hand-picked edible grass are just a few of the activities organized by the Tsukuba Green Tourism Association, a collection of some 15 local organizations and individual members in the city of Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture. The association, which started ...

Design projects strive to revitalize village

Satoyama Consortium Mar 8, 2020

Design projects strive to revitalize village

Kito Design Holdings is striving to achieve the ultimate goal of revitalizing what used to be the village of Kito in Tokushima Prefecture in a sustainable and creative way to make it a miraculous place where all residents and visitors are happy. A national dam ...