A rural region in Japan aims for 'creative depopulation'

TOKUSHIMA – Web designer Ryohei Asada was a city slicker born in cosmopolitan Osaka but now lives deep in the mountains of rural Kamiyama in Tokushima prefecture.

The 31-year-old’s not-so-humble abode – an airy four-bedroom detached house with a small farm that costs him just 10,000 yen (S$108) a month in rent – is located 600m above sea level.


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