From BBC: Going back to the countryside

Japan’s youth turn to rural areas seeking a slower life
Roland Buerk By Roland Buerk BBC News, Tokyo

The bright lights of the big city have been a draw for decades, pulling people into Tokyo from the countryside. But for some young Japanese, the city with its skyscrapers and neon lights is losing its appeal.

Like millions of others from her generation Megumi Sakaguchi cannot find a permanent job, just contracts.(…)One weekend in October Megumi Sakaguchi joined a bus tour through the Japanese countryside…read more

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