October 5, 2011
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All across rural Japan, many young Japanese are leaving their hometowns to pursue life in the more metropolitan areas. This has left the older farming generations wondering how to get young people to return to the farm. Up in the Noto Peninsula, Shunran-no-Sato (春蘭の里) has found a way to get younger people to return to the farms via eco-tourism. This endeavor has made them a finalist for the BBC World Challenge Project.
Villagers converted their own homes into guesthouses for travelers who come to the village to take part in traditional agricultural activities. Each guesthouse offers different activities from fishing to picking wild vegetables in the mountains to jam making. The owners and other people in the town act as guides for the guests and help younger generations return to their agricultural roots.
Click HERE to vote for the project. Voting is open until Nov. 11.
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March 14, 2011
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Update: A word from National AJET:
Don’t add to sensationalist rumors. If you are posting information on facebook, twitter and other media outlets, please make sure that you use credible sources. Include your source and as much information as possible.
Follow NAJET on twitter (@NationalAJET), facebook, and the official website.
Watch live coverage in English at the BBC online–features live text feed. Up-to-date, accurate, and bilingual expat approved.
Also, see AlJazeera’s live blog and live stream in English.
Finally, NHK World’s English coverage is here.
Learn earthquake-related vocabulary (English/Japanese) at Japan Newbie. Also has a lot of vocab about the nuclear plant situation.
Surviving in Japan’s twitter feed has great information in English. (@survivingnjapan)