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Resilient and Vibrant Rural Communities in Japan and the U.S.

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Resilient and Vibrant Rural Communities in Japan and the U.S.
April 2017—March 2019
Iwate, Niigata, Ehime and Shimane, Japan; West Virginia, Ohio, Nebraska and New York, USA
With a low birthrate, an aging society, and the decline of primary and local industries, the situation in regional areas in Japan has been dire for some time. In fact, the rising inequality across many sectors between urban areas and non-urban areas is a relevant topic in many developed and developing nations, as they are experiencing similar demographic and economic changes. This shift is also affecting communities throughout the United States, although not as dramatically as in Japan.
To reduce this gap, Japan Society and the Japan NPO Center are joining forces for Resilient and Vibrant Rural Communities in Japan and the U.S. to bring together leaders in Japan and the U.S. dedicated to the revitalization of rural areas and small towns experiencing economic stagnation and declining population. Leaders from the U.S. will visit Niigata, Iwate, Shimane and Ehime Prefectures in October 2018. Leaders from Japan visited West Virginia, Ohio and Nebraska in October 2017. Through the sharing of best practices that build back community resilience and vibrancy, the project contributes to leadership development through a unique international learning exchange and experience, and strengthens the work and impact of the participants’ organizations and their communities.
Atsuhisa Emori
General Manager, Nippon Taberu Journal League
Hanamaki, Iwate Prefecture
Kenji Hayashi
Co-President, FoundingBase
Tsuwano, Shimane Prefecture
Johnathan Hladik
Director, Policy Programs, Center for Rural Affairs
Lyons, Nebraska
Savanna Lyons
Principal, May Day Consulting and Design
Huntington, West Virginia
Richard McCarthy
Executive Director, Slow Food USA
Brooklyn, New York
Connie Reimers-Hild
Interim Executive Director, Rural Futures Institute, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Lincoln, Nebraska
Ryoko Sato
Associate Professor, Ehime University
Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture
Tsuyoshi Sekihara
Representative, Soma Office, Regional Resource and Industry Advisor; Founder & former Executive Director, Kamiechigo Yamazato Fan Club
Joetsu, Niigata Precture
Taylor Stuckert
AICP, Executive Director, Clinton County Regional Planning Commission & Co-founder, Energize Clinton County
Wilmington, Ohio
Junichi Tamura
Chief Director, Next Commons Lab & Director, Tono Brewing Company
Tono, Iwate Prefecture
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