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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

Two Summer Endings – The Last Sports Festivals

On Kume Island, the first semester of school is over and students are on summer vacation.  For two of those schools it is the very last summer they will be open.  Due to rural depopulation both schools will close, with a ‘new’ school opening next April.  The unfortunate thing about the schools’ closing is the chance that local traditions and culture will be lost.  On this ancient island, each area has its own traditions that have become entwined with school

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