Innovators Network

Are Rural Communities Doomed? Changemakers Say No!

Monday, October 30, 6:30 PM

“The success of the community should be defined not by growth but by vibrancy.”
           —Brian Depew, Executive Director, Center for Rural Affairs

In response to the economic and demographic challenges facing rural communities throughout Japan, entrepreneurial leaders in Japan have responded with bold thinking and innovative solutions, including incubating entrepreneurial opportunities that harness local resources in new ways, bridging the divide between rural producers and local consumers, and helping local schools thrive, among other initiatives. Their efforts are optimistic and reflect a commitment to the potential of rural communities. Join us for an engaging discussion with five leading Japanese changemakers: Atsuhisa Emori, Taberu Journal League in Hanamaki, Iwate; Kenji Hayashi, FoundingBase in Tsuwano, Shimane; Ryoko Sato, Ehime University in Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture; Tsuyoshi Sekihara, Kamiechigo Yamazato Fan Club; Joestu, Niigata Prefecture, and Junichi Tamura, Next Commons Lab in Tono, Iwate Prefecture. Moderated by Richard McCarthy, Executive Director, Slow Food USA.

Consecutive Interpretation
Co-organized by the Japan NPO Center (Tokyo)

TICKETS: $10/$8 Japan Society members, seniors & students

Followed by a reception

Resilient and Vibrant Rural Communities in Japan and the U.S. is supported by The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership, Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas) and R&R Consulting. 


Transportation assistance is provided by ANA HOLDINGS, INC. and United Airlines.

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