MR TOMOKAZU OKADA, 38
Moved in: August
Moved to: Awaji Island, Hyogo. Located in the Seto Inland Sea, it is an hour from five Unesco World Heritage Sites, four airports, and near the cities of Osaka and Kobe.
Occupation: General manager, corporate planning, staffing firm Pasona Group
"I have never lived outside the Tokyo region all my life. I was born in Chiba (east of Tokyo) and have lived in Tokyo since university.
My wife, who works in (the company's) subsidiary, Pasona Agri-Partners, was born and raised in Aomori prefecture and has been enthusiastic about a move to the countryside.
The Covid-19 pandemic made me realise I could work anywhere smoothly. I felt that working in a rural area would be far more spiritually enriching than in Tokyo.
We have a two-year-old girl, whom we want to raise in an environment steeped in nature.
Many may be worried about education opportunities but near the new company premises are classrooms where children can learn activities like ballet, karate or piano for free.
Telecommunications in Tokyo are admittedly better than in Awaji, but I think it is only a matter of time before the infrastructure improves as the population grows."