Rebuilding Communities through Abandoned Homes: Renovation Pioneer - Watanabe Kyoko

RISING

28m 00s
Broadcast on March 23, 2022 Available until March 23, 2024

In the earthquake and tsunami of 2011, Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture lost about 4,000 lives, with damage to 77% of local homes. Since then, population decline has seen more homes go empty, but, 11 years later, a unique enterprise led by Watanabe Kyoko is leveraging these properties to revive the community and ride out the pandemic. By renovating them into guesthouses, co-working spaces, communal houses and a creative hub for artists, she is actually attracting new residents to the area.

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