Stable Fishing Jobs Steer a Community

Hometown Stories

25m 15s
Broadcast on January 1, 2023 Available until January 1, 2025

Over a century ago, residents of a port district in southeastern Japan established a cooperative that hires fishers as employees, offering stable jobs that pay a salary. The system has helped preserve a local tradition, in which teams of fishers work together to haul in their catch. New workers are recruited from throughout Japan. But faced with the harsh realities of life on the water, many soon leave. What must this cooperative do to survive?

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