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[Notice] Fukushima Press Tour (Feb. 2023)

Fukushima Press Tour <Tour Dates: Tuesday, February 14 – Wednesday, February 15, 2023  Sponsored by the Ministry of the Environment> [Tour Topics] ①Building a New Town for the Future in Okuma ②Decarbonization and Reconstruction: Namie’s Challenge As of March this year, twelve years will have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake and the TEPCO’s Daiichi Nuclear Power Station accident. In the areas in Fukushima which …

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[Report] Fukushima Innovation Coast Press Tour for Tokyo Correspondents and Study Tour for Foreign Embassy Members (Oct. 2022)

※The two tours were sponsored by Fukushima Innovation Coast Promotion Organization/ Planned and Operated by Foreign Press Center Japan. ※For details on the tour stops, see the press tour  and study tour notice. Fukushima Prefecture suffered severe damage from the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and TEPCO Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station accident. The Hamadori area along the Pacific coast in particular still has many residents who have evacuated …

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[Notice] Hiroshima Press Tour (Feb. 2023)

[Tour Topic] Tradition, Innovation, and a Desire for Peace Represented in Craftsmanship In May 2023, the G7 summit will be held in Hiroshima. Hiroshima, which experienced unprecedented suffering from the first atomic bombing in human history, succeeded at reconstruction due to the indomitable will of its people, and the manufacturing industry, which was a core industry since before the war, played a central role in that …

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[Report] Conveyor Belt Sushi & DX Press Tour (Dec. 2022)

Companies in the conveyor belt sushi (kaiten sushi) industry have developed automated technology in order to reduce the labor and manpower required for their operations, and within the restaurant industry, conveyor belt sushi is said to have made the most progress in digital transformation (DX). This press tour visited a storefront of Sushiro, the industry leader, as well as Sushiro’s center for systems development, covering the …

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[Report] Oita Press Tour (Dec. 2022)

With the most hot spring sources and the highest volume of hot spring water in Japan, Oita is known as Japan’s No.1 “onsen prefecture.” This tour covered Oita’s world-class onsen culture as represented by Yunohanagoya and jigoku mushi cuisine; the use of geothermal resources to work towards carbon neutrality; fermentation and brewing culture in Usuki, designated as a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy; and the appeal …

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[Notice] Miyazaki Press Tour (Jan. 2023)

[Tour Topic] Tour Topic: Protecting Japanese Agriculture and Food—Efforts by Miyazaki, the Agricultural Prefecture   In the wake of the climate crisis and soaring grain prices in the international market due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, interest in food security and agricultural sustainability has been growing worldwide. In Japan, which relies on imports for approximately 60% of its food supply, there are growing calls for stronger food security. …

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[Report] Saitama/Chichibu Press Tour (Nov. 2022)

Located next to Tokyo, Saitama Prefecture not only has the functions of a large city, but also diverse tourism resources such as ample nature, history, clothing, food, accommodations, and entertainment, and more than 650,000 foreign tourists visited in 2019, before the pandemic. This press tour, which took place one month after the Japanese government significantly eased its border control measures, visited the Chichibu region in Saitama, …

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[Notice] Conveyor Belt Sushi & DX Press Tour (Dec. 2022)

Conveyor Belt Sushi & DX Press Tour  Sushi Evolving with the Latest Technology Tour Date: Thursday, December 15, 2022  The conveyor belt sushi (kaiten sushi) concept was first created in Osaka in 1958, and after the 1970 Osaka Expo spread throughout not only Japan, but the world. It is now a common type of restaurant in Japan, with domestic sales of 740 billion yen (FY2021). The conveyor …

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[Notice] Oita Press Tour (Dec. 2022)

Oita Press Tour <Tour Dates: Thursday, December 8-Friday, December 9, 2022>  [Tour Topics] ●Increasing usage of geothermal energy in Oita, the No. 1 hot springs prefecture in Japan    —A frontrunner in Japan for geothermal resources ●The culture developed from Oita’s history and climate, on the world stage    Oita, with the most hot spring sources and the highest volume of hot spring water in Japan, has unique local food cultures throughout the prefecture due …

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Former rugby players return to Fujiyoshida [Part 1]

As an Olympic Host Town to France, Fujiyoshida City hosted the pre-tournament training camp for the France national female rugby sevens during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and the France national team’s official training camp ahead of the 2019 Rugby World Cup. In an effort to continue the legacy and friendship from both of these events, and to strengthen our ties ahead of the 2023 Rugby World …

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