Wednesday, March 07, 2007

In rural Japan, shrinking populations and shrinking budgets

Like a lot of small towns across Japan, Hokkaido's Yubari is trying its best to deal with a shrinking population.

Yubari, which had 120,000 people in the 1960s, is now forecast to have only 7,000 in 16 years.

But at least a lot of small towns don't have the massive debut Yubari has, which the town incurred in an ultimately failed attempt to draw tourists and rivitalize the local economy.



An abandoned amusement park in Yubari, Hokkaido.


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