There is a Japanese community in Higashi-Okitama County, Yamagata Prefecture working to a different kind of developmental plan. There is a focus on a new form of sustainability and development through community effort. The project covers areas from education and local consumption to the environment and disaster prevention.
There is a clear need for a new type of sustainability in Yamagata Prefecture. There is a declining population, and it is up to the residents to take care of themselves and their resources. This is precisely what is happening with the Kirari Yoshijima Network