Activity Reports

Foreign Correspondents Press Tour―foreign correspondents based in Tokyo visited Tottori and Hyogo

 On September 19 and 20, the Foundation held a press tour for foreign correspondents stationed in Tokyo metropolitan area in Tottori and Hyogo. Correspondents from 11 companies from seven countries/regions participated in the tour. The tour theme was “San’in Kaigan Geopark, Land of Splendid Natural Beauty! –Local initiatives toward coexistence with nature-.”
 In Tottori Prefecture on the first day, the correspondents interviewed Tottori Governor Shinji Hirai to listen to the prefecture’s tourism promotion strategies utilizing the splendid natural environment and its tourist trends etc., and at the Tottori Sand Dunes, they gathered information about the sand dunes’ current situation, efforts for environmental preservation, and associated problems.
 On the second day of the tour, correspondents traveled to Toyooka City, Hyogo Prefecture and covered the city’s initiative toward coexistence between humans and nature with “oriental white stork” as a symbol, which started some 50 years ago. Correspondents were briefed on the efforts and its history by Toyooka Mayor Muneharu Nakagai and visited the Park of the Oriental White Stork and the Eco Museum Center for the Oriental White Stork., core facilities of the initiatives. They photographed white storks in captivity at the Park and they also met and interviewed farmers conducting white stork-friendly farming method.
 A reporter of Xinhua News Agency of China commented that as the Chinese people’s awareness of environmental problems is rapidly increasing, efforts in Toyooka will attract their attention”.

 It is expected that initiatives in Toyooka aiming at living in harmony with nature will be put out by participating foreign reporters.