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Aired: November 28, 2019 (UTC)

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Explore a colorful variety of modern Japan’s most popular topics, including food, technology, ecology and regional promotions, with a focus on the innovative ideas and passionate effort from the people behind it all.


While many foreign visitors are discovering the appeal of the Japanese countryside, rural communities remain under threat from population decline. A long-term resident of Japan from England has devised a way to make the countryside even more appealing while also training workers from the cities and supporting the host community. We take a closer look at what he's accomplished in a mountain village in Nakatsugawa, Yamagata.

Nakatsugawa, a mountain village in Yamagata Pref.
Adam Fulford, a long-term resident of Japan, is working to find new ways to revitalize the village


Hotel Niwa Tokyo is located in the heart of the city, but is known for its verdant greenery. Founded in 1935 as a traditional Japanese inn called Morita-kan, it underwent a major renovation in 2009 and has been highly-reputed for the next decade. The hotel’s most notable feature is its “niwa” or garden, dutifully maintained by its landscape architect. This segment features the knowledge and skills responsible for the hotel’s garden.

The Hotel Niwa Tokyo’s garden
Landscape artists of the hotel’s garden


NTT, Japan’s largest telecommunications company, develops cutting-edge technology that is widely used in today’s society. The company is also focusing on research and development based on discoveries involving human communication capabilities. In 2019, at one of their research facilities in Kyoto, they announced a variety of technologies based on human sensation and perception. This segment features the efforts and work of NTT’s researchers.

A research on robot interaction by NTT
Demonstration of a research on human perception that gives the illusion of walking


Dean and his team have made it to Nara Pref. in western Japan. They pause their adventure through Japan to explore Todaiji, one of Japan’s most historically significant temples. The temple complex is located in Nara Park, also home to hundreds of deer who roam freely in the grounds. This month Dean will see Japan’s largest bronze buddha statue and also unexpectedly faces a challenge inside the temple to complete his Todaiji experience.
For more runAway adventures, check out: https://www.youtube.com/runawayjapan

runAway team leader Dean Newcombe at the Todaiji Temple grounds in Nara Pref.
The Todaiji Temple


Maxwell Powers

Voice Actor/MC/Bilingual Pro
From Oakland, California

Maxwell Powers

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