On this episode, we venture into the woods of Seto in Aichi Prefecture to do some tree climbing with Canadian John Gathright. A professor at a local university, John has long studied the benefits of tree climbing as a fun activity that helps children gain confidence and a positive outlook on life. He organizes events for kids to climb trees and learn about the importance of forests. We also meet Chinese-born Kanai Matsuko, who supports foreigners living in Japan in their search for employment.
John promotes the excitement and other benefits of tree climbing
John says that climbing a tree gives children a sense of accomplishment that can enrich their lives
John also runs a business that develops and sells tree climbing equipment
Matsuko works mainly from home, meeting online with people seeking employment