E-mail Newsletter "Highlighting JAPAN"
No. 106 (February 2017)
[Contents of Highlighting JAPAN February 2017]
<< PRIME MINISTER'S DIARY >>
- Prime Minister Visits The Philippines, Australia, Indonesia and Vietnam
- Prime Minister Visits Hawaii: Japan-US Summit Meeting
<< COVER STORY >>
[ New Pioneers of Local Development ]
- In Splendid Isolation
Shouya Grigg’s successful brand of boutique accommodation on Japan’s northernmost island of Hokkaido only goes to show that remoteness is a highly desirable thing.
- New Friends of an Unfamiliar Home Town
Hirado City in Nagasaki Prefecture is the unlikely recipient of one of the largest amounts of out-of-town donations in Japan.
- Let There Be Wine
A new winery in Fukushima Prefecture is helping to revive the local fruit-farming industry while bringing delicious new products to the Japanese table.
- Gateway Okinawa
Okinawa Prefecture is re-establishing itself as a major international logistics hub.
- Filling a Need
A food-processing technology developed by a Japanese confectioner more than fifty years ago is now utilized in more than 120 countries around the world.
- Considering a Move to Itoshima
What is it about Itoshima in Fukuoka Prefecture?
- A Tale of Two Cities
Architect Toshio Yada, who divides his time between Tokyo and Okayama, works on regional revitalization, making use of regional cultural resources.
- Seeking Out Hida
Inspired by the hit 2016 animated movie "Your Name", tourists have been flocking to Hida in Gifu Prefecture.
<< SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY >>
- Mud, Mud, Glorious Mud
An innovative mud conditioning technology is being employed on a wide scale in reconstruction work following the Great East Japan Earthquake.
<< HOME AWAY FROM HOME >>
- Sharing the Lessons Learned from Disaster / Briton Richard Halberstadt
Briton Richard Halberstadt is enjoying a new life in northeastern Japan as director of the Ishinomaki Community and Information Center.
<< INNOVATIVE ARTISTS >>
- Get Knitted / Saki Chikaraishi
Saki Chikaraishi is working to create a new relationship between people and towns through the colorful medium of knitting.
<< TRADITIONAL CRAFTS >>
- The Land and the Sea
230 millions years in the making, Ogatsu slate suzuri are the calligrapher’s inkstone of choice.
<< JAPAN HERITAGE >>
- At One with Nature
At Dewa Sanzan in Yamagata Prefecture, the ancient practice of ascetic mountain worship continues to be passed on from generation to generation.
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