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Shimokawa - Our forestry past, and future

NAVITIME TRAVEL EDITOR

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26. February. 2019

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Surrounded 90% by forests, Shimokawa Town and its 3,400 resident sits directly in nature, and as far from big cities as you can find in basically all of Japan. Rather than define themselves purely by local industry, which is based on forestry, members of the town have been working for the last decade to build upon their “green” assets through new products, technology, and ways of living. While “being green” is now cliche in much of the world, Shimokawa has taken some pretty broad steps to embrace the movement in everyday life and on a practical, real level that can preserve their town for the future and lead as an example for sustainable solutions for other places as well.

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