Tag - rural-life



Aug 30, 2015
I've often thought about your doppelganger, but have you?
Have you considered that maybe your double lives in Japan? And that you might meet them someday?
Japan Times
Aug 2, 2015
Moriumius project brings young life and learning back to the Tohoku disaster zone
A unique educational project aims to revitalize the Miyagi town of Ogatsu, which lost around 80 percent of its buildings and 10 percent of its 4,300 population to the 3/11 disasters.
Japan Times
May 24, 2015
Fostering entrepreneurship beyond the foreign community
Some people say that as long as you have blond hair, blue eyes and white skin, you can get a job, succeed and even become a celebrity in Japan. So imagine what would happen if there were two such people, married to each other!
Mar 9, 2015
Japan to tap private sector to scour nation for potential hit products
In a rare move, the government plans to ask private companies to use their creativity and resources to discover "hidden" specialty products across the country and turn them into hit products.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Feb 4, 2015
In shrinking villages, abandoned graves are a sign of generational flight
In the nation's declining provinces, it is not only the living who are neglected.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Jan 2, 2015
Crowdsourcing may hold key to unlocking Japan's working potential
As Japan tries to mobilize underemployed workers and revitalize business outside major city centers like Tokyo and Osaka, crowdsourcing — the allocation of tasks to remote workers online — may become a valuable tool.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Dec 26, 2014
Rural support programs encouraging more people to leave cities
Public programs are encouraging more people to migrate from big cities to reverse the persistent population drain plaguing rural areas.
JAPAN / Society
Dec 12, 2014
Numerical plan drafted for slowing Tokyo's population growth
The government in 2020 is expected to set a goal of reducing the number of new residents in Tokyo by 70,000 per year from the 2013 level to ease overpopulation in the capital, a draft of the policy showed Friday.
Japan Times
Oct 29, 2014
Town hall meetings: Abandon logic, all ye who enter here
The first thing you want to do when you get to the meeting room, whether it be summer or winter, is open all the windows. This is because you'll have to throw all logic out the window. Open as many as possible, 'cause there's a lot of logic to heave.
Japan Times
Sep 21, 2014
The town that's battling the demographic tide
On Oki Islands off Shimane Prefecture, a bold wave of reform seems to be having a positive effect.
Japan Times
Aug 27, 2014
On this island, depopulation isn't the problem — inertia is
There is one thing most people don't realize about this island paradise amid the Seto Inland Sea: that despite many people wanting to move here, none of them can.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Aug 19, 2014
Government to set up fund to support regional health care businesses
The government plans to set up a fund to nurture healthcare businesses in rural areas in September at the earliest in an effort to revitalize the regional economy, according to the outline of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry's related measures compiled as of Monday.
Japan Times
Jul 21, 2014
Chores, charges and chin-wags: the chōnaikai ties that bind
Perhaps fearing that the entire council could fall apart, some neighborhood associations resort to drastic measures to keep members active and in line. The culture clash is not foreigner vs. Japanese, but traditional vs. modern.
Japan Times
Apr 24, 2014
Skin divers turn to tourism to stem the tide
At the Sea People restaurant in Shima, a coastal hamlet in Mie Prefecture, sea diver Machiyo Yamashita wants a piece of a tourism industry dominated by the cities that sapped her town's vitality by luring away its youth.


Things may look perfect to the outside world, but today's mom is fine with some imperfection at home.
How 'Reiwa moms' are reshaping motherhood in Japan