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Japan Times
JAPAN
Dec 16, 2022
Japan aims to balance population flows to and from Tokyo by fiscal 2027
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of people moving into the Tokyo metropolitan area area still exceeds that of people moving out.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jul 25, 2022
Japan to review operations of lesser-used train lines
Many regional train lines have suffered steep drops in passengers, reflecting falling populations in areas along the lines and an increase in the number of car users.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jun 11, 2019
Japan to encourage foreign workers to maintain employment outside major cities
The government is planning measures to encourage foreign workers with specific skills under the country's new visa statuses to secure jobs and continue employment outside of big cities, officials said Monday.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Nov 12, 2018
Despite depopulation, only 14.6% in Japan feel local communities should accept foreign workers: survey
While more than half of Japanese feel that their communities are shrinking, only about 14 percent believe it is necessary for society to actively accept foreign workers and those wishing to settle in order to keep their regions going, a survey has found.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jun 5, 2018
Japan's tourism boom is spreading economic benefits to rural areas: report
More foreign tourists are visiting the countryside, bringing a positive impact across the country, with over 40 percent of stays in 2017 outside Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Sep 21, 2017
Rural areas woo city slickers to vacant properties in Japanese countryside
As working-age Japanese depart the countryside in droves, leaving behind graying populations, rural authorities are trying to counter the trend by turning idle real estate into homes for city dwellers seeking a quieter lifestyle.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jun 22, 2017
95% of tourists to western Japan hope to return to explore less-trodden paths
Close to 95 percent of tourists from Asia who have visited western Japan would like to travel to areas off the beaten track, a survey showed Thursday.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Apr 24, 2017
Kyoto-based Buddhist group struggles with decline in temples and priests
A Kyoto-based Buddhist group with the largest number of followers in Japan is boosting its support to its member temples in other prefectures amid a shortage of incoming chief priests and a decline in danka (financial supporters).
Japan Times
JAPAN
Dec 21, 2016
Japan's government aims to help local airports attract foreign visitors
Tokyo says it will help local airports to attract foreign visitors by subsidizing efforts to cut landing fees and other efforts.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Aug 28, 2016
A ski resort success, Niseko defies rural Japan's demographic decline
Japan's shrinking population has weighed on the world's third-biggest economy, alarmed government forecasters and turned some rural communities into veritable ghost towns.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Apr 13, 2016
Physician-turned-politician works to bring doctors to rural Japan
Tomonori Kiyoyama, 34, was once a promising, elite physician. A graduate of the prestigious University of Tokyo's medical school, he also studied in the United States. But he turned to politics five years ago and is now using that platform to try to attract more doctors to his hometown in Miyazaki.
JAPAN
Oct 9, 2014
Prefectures subsidized to ship lumber to Tohoku disaster areas fell short: audit
Lumber sent from prefectures that received government subsidies to supply wood to areas hit by the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami in 2011 only amounted to 0.04 percent of their total shipments in fiscal 2012 and 2013, according to a recent survey.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 24, 2014
Subsidies draw families to empty homes
To reverse population decline as communities across the nation find themselves with more and more aged residents, municipal governments in parts of the country are providing housing subsidies to entice young families to rent or buy houses and apartments long left vacant.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Nov 28, 2013
Highway rest areas get retail-centric makeover
Operators of expressway rest areas are refurbishing their sites in often unusual and creative ways to draw customers and increase their earnings.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Nov 5, 2013
Village schools reborn as residences
In a couple of remote farming villages, residents refurbished the buildings of closed schools into apartments in the aftermath of recent natural disasters, providing homes for young families who would play an important role in revitalizing their underpopulated regions.

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Hideo Shimoju points to a possible site that his fellow neighbors may relocate to. Such relocations have happened before, but not preemptively.
In disaster-prone Japan, some communities consider major moves