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Kickstart Kumejima

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you probably know that I live on Kume Island, a small subtropical island 100km west of Okinawa. Although I work a full-time ‘regular’ job, I also work hard to share as much as I can of life and culture here. Sometimes that’s through posts here, pictures, or even video. I do most of my video work with my goPro and Canon DSLR, both of which I was able to save up for

A School Closing in Japan

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What is the importance of a school? To small communities like the ones in rural Japan a school can be the very heart. In a land where the PTA has a far more visual and important role, the school acts as a focal point for community events and networking among parents, local government, and even the large population of elderly people not comprising many rural areas in Japan. The past two weeks marked a transition in Japan, with the financial

Automatic Driving Cars in Japan

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We’re not talking about a new transmission, instead, think Knight Rider. On Kume Island, Denso Co. in partnership with NEC is developing a car that can drive automatically. This project is one of several as the town works to turn itself from agricultural outlyer to a fully renewable clean energy smart island. With a population declining by around 100 people per year, such initiatives are essential for dealing with a growing elderly population and creating new jobs so that young

2013 Year in Review

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Happy New Years! Once again we have made it through another year. Thanks for sticking with MoreThingsJapanese. This past year a lot has changed for me and I’m sure some of it has been reflected on the blog. First off, I ended my time teaching English with the JET Programme (they have a five-year limit) in July. I began working for the Okinawa OTEC Demonstration Facility in August. I first wrote about OTEC without much in the way of knowledge

The End of JET- Five Years in Japan

First off, thank you for reading and being a part of More Things Japanese. I started this blog back in 2010 to put some of my experiences into writing. It’s move around a bit and I’ve changed my posting schedule a few times to keep up with shifting work related activities, so I appreciate you sticking with me.  It’s been a lot of work, but a lot of fun sharing my experiences. For the past 5 years I’ve been living

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