Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Reporters on the Job

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Reporters on the Job

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* Waste Not: Kamikatsu, Japan, has a palpable energy that seems to stem from the town's drive to reinvent itself as a model of greener living, says staff writer Amelia Newcomb (see story).

It's a small place - just 2,000 people - that's struggled over the years with a declining and aging population, and limited job prospects. "But people are galvanized by the attention their goal of no waste by 2020 has garnered," Amelia says. "They get visitors from across the globe, and that's built a sense of pride."

Amelia says the town seems to have turned a small corner in its struggles. "You get the feeling that they have seen a future that includes them," she says. "And they have something else going for them: a really good spirit.

People were very friendly, Amelia says. "We drove by a group of older citizens who were planting flowers by the roadside in preparation for hosting a "most beautiful villages in Japan" meeting.

"They recognized us from the day before and stopped what they were doing and smiled and waved. …

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