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Wind power in the northern town of Matsumae, Hokkaido is bringing change to the locale. This segment features an initiative to revitalize the town through the development of renewable energy.
“Trehalose,” is a rare carbohydrate found in natural ingredients such as mushrooms. Its most notable characteristic is that it can keep food fresh for a longer period of time, and is expected to contribute in solving global food waste.
A mountain slope collapsed behind a Japanese shrine with a thousand-year history. However, thanks to reinforcement work done afterwards, the shrine suffered minimal damage from a subsequent typhoon. A unique method in which long bolts were driven into the slope, points are covered with steel plates, and connected the steel plates with wires was utilized. This method is starting to be used worldwide.
Surrounding Mt. Fuji are forests of natural broadleaf-trees and artificially planted coniferous trees. However, due to cheap imported timber, the manmade coniferous forests are hardly used today. This segment features a project to restore a forest back to an environment teeming with life and biodiversity.