In CM’s Make Japan Great Again report we noted that Shimane Prefecture has had the slowest population growth in almost 100 years. Shimane has seen its population fall 3% since that time. The issue is not just that Japan has a declining population rate, the regions are depopulating at too fast a pace. Without wanting to get too technical Shimane Prefecture is hosting a drive to get people to move there as it provides great childcare facilities and jobs! Half the battle of such drives, as well intentioned as they are, is who jumps first. While available daycare slots in the big smoke of Tokyo are hard to find, the population is still growing giving much better optionality for the long term.
I will be attending the seminar as I’m curious what other bait will be offered. Indeed Shimane, as lovely as it is to visit, one wonders what excitement awaits with a population in decline. I was there in September – as was the last time I visited – there is nothing to speak of worth setting up a new life. At least Shimane is facing up to its reality and for that they deserve the full accolades of trying to resuscitate a region that is the same as it was 100 years ago.