Letter From Tokushima

A rural region in Japan aims for 'creative depopulation'

Mr Ryohei Asada was born in Osaka but gave up city life to live in the mountains of Tokushima prefecture. PHOTO: MONOSUS INC
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TOKUSHIMA - Web designer Ryohei Asada was a city slicker born in cosmopolitan Osaka but now lives deep in the mountains of rural Kamiyama in Tokushima prefecture.

The 31-year-old's not-so-humble abode - an airy four-bedroom detached house with a small farm that costs him just 10,000 yen (S$108) a month in rent - is located 600m above sea level.

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