Sosei Partners is a flagship project where we organize learning programs and create an empowerment platform for the international community in Japan to contribute to Japan’s rural revitalization movement.
Our idea is to involve the international community, including international students and Japanese with international backgrounds, in the rural regions around Japan, so that we can learn about the charms and challenges faced by the rural areas, and how they engender innovation with design thinking to come up with sustainable solutions. In this process, the international participants can also contribute new ideas and inject fresh perspectives into the local communities.
We emphasize a lot on building sustainable and harmonious relationships with the local communities, so as facilitate mutual understanding and effective communication. We treasure the connections with our partners in each region, as we work together toward a common goal of revitalization and sustainable development. Each project in every region has slightly different learning points and purposes as we adjust the projects according to the needs and visions of each place and their people.
Our main projects currently take place in the innovative coastal city of Ishinomaki in Miyagi, the little forest town of Shimokawa in northern Hokkaido, the town of Urahoro in Eastern Hokkaido, Minami Ashigara city in rural Kanagawa prefecture and Seiyo city in Western Ehime prefecture.
Read about our involvement in Creative Communicators Project.