Fostering the Future of the Countryside
Japan finally eased its restrictions on entering the country - good news for the inbound tourism industry. UK-born Paul Christie is one of the business owners getting ready to welcome tourists from abroad. He organizes countryside tours in Oita Prefecture, but the natural landscape has seriously deteriorated over the past three years under the pandemic. We look at Paul's efforts to reinvigorate the region's forests and mountains. We also meet Nepali Adhikari Santosh, a car mechanic in Tokyo.
Just as the cosmoses began to bloom, Paul's office reopened
Paul can always count on his friend Ecchan, a local farmer, for encouragement
Looking a hundred years ahead, Paul's three sons are planting saplings to maintain the forest
Cheerful and hard-working Santosh supervises a team of Japanese workers