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AGING & DECLINING POPULATION IN RURAL AREAS

Japan is rich with history in craft culture.  A lot of the traditional artisan based outside of urban cities are facing lack of young apprentices showing interests in old crafts.  
 

Aging population resulted in many rural towns’ decline, with town infrastructure deteriorating due to lack of investments and community activities. 

Despite local government’s incentive to attract young urbanites to relocate to rural areas, some major concern remains:

  • suitable job opportunities

  • lack of social activities & social companions

  • “rundown”infrastructure (many school, nursery, hospitals have to close down due to low population)