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In Japan, Young Women Turn to Farming to Escape Hectic City Life

Mary Slosson

A small but intrepid group of young women in Japan are moving to the countryside and becoming farmers to escape the high-speed pace of urban life and revitalize the country's slowing agriculture industry.

The move is both a deliberate step out of the fast lane, and counter to a global trend of rural-urban migration.

“It’s time for a makeover, to save Japanese farms,” 29-year-old Yukako Harada said. “And the only way to do this is to get youth and more women involved in agriculture.”

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