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12/17/2015

Aiming at Solving Regional, Social Challenges: SAVE TAKATA

This October we, JEN, started to provide a new form of support, a partnership-based support for locally acting organizations, to address long-term challenges facing the three prefectures of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima through these organizations.

This time, we will introduce one of the organizations, SAVE TAKATA, a general incorporated association acting in Rikuzen-Takata, Iwate Prefecture.

It was after the Great East Japan Earthquake happened on March 11, 2011 that Mr. Nobuaki Sasaki from Rikuzen-Takada established SAVE TAKATA. With a strong desire --quote--“Let’s observe what was happening back in my home town with my own eyes!,” Mr. Nobuaki Sasaki who had been working in Tokyo determined to drive back to his home town along with his friends from the same town with as many relief supplies on their cars as possible. Then he began volunteering to put out the information on the ground on the Internet, that’s how SAVE TAKATA started.

The population of the city of Rikuzen-Takata was declining before the disaster but this has been exacerbated by the outflow of young generations following the disaster.

The organization is working on helping farmers produce and market processed apples, the unemployed young find jobs by providing farming experiences, the youth acquire IT vocational skills, and students do volunteer activities. Based on its policy to “Address Depopulation by Creating Jobs in Agriculture, Increasing Young Workers, and Facilitating Settlement of Young Workers”, it aims to resolve both regional challenges (aging population and outflow of young people) and social one (rise in unemployed young).

【Staff Members at SAVE TAKATA】
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(©SAVE TAKATA)


【Agricultural Support by SAVE TAKATA】
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(©SAVE TAKATA)

The goal of SAVE TAKATA is to build up rural areas where young generations can live with hope. With the partnership-based support from JEN, its members went on a tour to other rural areas in Japan to study how the locals have got through depopulation and promoted town-building on their own. Based on the findings from the tour as well as its activities up until now, it’s planning to launch a new initiative to reach its goal. We will keep you updated as the situation develops



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December 17, 2015 in Tohoku Earthquake |