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RURAL LIFE

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BUSINESS
Mar 8, 2019
Japan to pull a U-turn on ride-sharing ban in bid to fill transport gaps in rural areas, Abe says
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says the government plans to promote ride-sharing services that are currently banned in most areas to help improve the availability of transportation in rural areas.
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JAPAN
Mar 7, 2019
No Japan-wide minimum wage planned to tackle urban-rural gap ahead of foreign influx, says Suga
Earlier in the day, labor ministry officials had explained the idea to ruling lawmakers, but Suga said the ministry isn't considering the move currently.
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COMMUNITY / Our Lives / JAPAN LITE
Dec 30, 2018
Celebrating New Year's the island way
On the small island where I live in the middle of Japan's Seto Inland Sea, new year celebrations are stalwart traditional. Preparations start a week before when the holiday spirit wafts in on sea breezes tinted with chilling temperatures. The island holds a community rice-pounding event to make kagami...
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JAPAN
Dec 26, 2018
Getting away from it all: More overseas tourists to Japan opt for a taste of the country life
An increasing number of foreign visitors are traveling off the beaten path and taking part in farm-stay programs to get a taste of the typical Japanese country life.
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ASIA PACIFIC
Nov 23, 2018
Girl power! India's 'solar gal pals' light up Rajasthan's rural homes
Buffalo trampled over it? Rain drenched it? Child dropped it? No problem! This solar flashlight can endure it all, said Bassi in a pitch to her neighbors in rural India to convince them to power their homes with clean energy instead of polluting fuels.
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COMMUNITY / Our Lives / JAPAN LITE
Oct 31, 2018
The death of a Japanese countryside festival
Ancient rites bend to an aging, shrinking population, but how much longer can local traditions hold out?
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COMMUNITY / Our Lives / JAPAN LITE
Jul 29, 2018
One man's labor-of-love museum captures Seto Inland Sea island's storied stone history
Build a stone museum and they will come? That's the idea behind the K's Labo museum on Kitagi Island in Okayama Prefecture.
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JAPAN
Jun 12, 2018
Itoshima: How a beach community is drawing newcomers amid rural depopulation
Swapping his dress shoes and business suit for flip-flops and swimming trunks, Shingo Takei starts the day by walking to the beach to go stand-up paddleboarding.
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COMMUNITY / Our Lives / JAPAN LITE
May 27, 2018
Japan's public policy is killing rural entrepreneurship
While big-ticket tourism projects in Japan thrive, those involved in smaller-scale projects can feel starved of government support.
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COMMENTARY / Japan / SENTAKU MAGAZINE
Jan 28, 2018
Japan's shocking decline of rural doctors
A new medical system threatens to deprive residents in rural communities of the opportunity to receive proper medical care.
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LIFE / Food & Drink
Nov 11, 2017
Airport hits sweet spot as honey proves to be runway success
Can sticky stuff stop the young leaving a small city in Shimane and bring in visitors too?
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LIFE / Food & Drink / NATURE'S PANTRY
Oct 28, 2017
Missing our Thanksgiving feast in Japan, with all its bustle and chaos
A free-range turkey supplier in Ishikawa Prefecture offers nostalgic North Americans a taste of home.
EDITORIALS
Oct 21, 2017
Slow regional revitalization
The demographic challenges confronting the nation are indeed enormous, but the regional revitalization policy of the Abe administration has so far accomplished little.
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JAPAN
Aug 23, 2017
Ministry looks to support high schools involved in fostering regional social businesses
The education ministry has started discussions on providing support for high schools that operate social businesses, aiming to solve problems in regional communities through business methods, Jiji Press learned Tuesday.
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COMMUNITY / How-tos / LIFELINES
Jul 16, 2017
House sitting in Japan — still mostly an expatriate affair
A reader writes in about the possibility of coming to Japan as a house sitter.
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COMMUNITY / Voices / FOREIGN AGENDA
Jun 28, 2017
Japan — where the suburbs meet utopia
After flirtations with city and country, a roaming suburban boy finds that true bliss lies somewhere in between.
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COMMUNITY / Our Lives / TELLING LIVES
May 31, 2017
Puppeteer pulls the strings from the sticks of Toyama, with a point to prove
From Toyama to schools far and wide, Jack Lee Randall lives his lesson — that art can thrive wherever people are.
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COMMUNITY / Voices / COMMUNITY CHEST
May 17, 2017
Thirty years of JET: countless treasured memories and priceless gaffes
Past participants in the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme recall their most memorable experiences, from the inspiring to the excruciating.
EDITORIALS
Mar 26, 2017
Mixed recovery in land prices
The latest data on land prices testify to the slow progress in the government's efforts to reverse the population exodus from rural to urban areas and achieve more balanced economic growth nationally.
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JAPAN
Mar 15, 2017
Millennial movers revive Japanese mountain towns amid depopulation
High-speed broadband. An award-winning brewpub built with recycled materials as part of a "zero waste" mission. An artist-in-residence program. Organic pizza from a wood-fired oven.

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The Japanese government updated its English education guidelines in 2017 to emphasize communication over grammar and memorization. Public school teachers are incredibly busy, however, which means schools haven’t been able to implement changes uniformly. Private and alternative schools are attempting to remedy this.
The language of opportunity: Bilingual education is on the rise in Japan