A Fresh Start on a Small Island
Today's story is set in Watakano -- a tiny island just off the Pacific coast of Shima City, Mie Prefecture, central Japan. It used to be known for its many bars and nightspots before its economy declined. A young man arrived on the island after a setback in his life in a big city. His job is to help revive the island as part of local revitalization efforts. The young man and the islanders, all trying to get their lives back on track.
The islanders asked the city to provide someone to help revitalize their community. City officials decided to send Toge Hiroyuki.
Watakano Island is about a three-minute boat ride from the main part of Shima City, Mie Prefecture.
The island used to be a magnet for tourists. Nightspots started pulling out of the island from around 1990, and the local community went downhill.
About 170 people live here -- nearly half of them, senior citizens.