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Bankrupt Mining Town Downsizes to Avoid Becoming a Ghost

Yubari’s efforts called “extremely important” model for Japan.

A sleepy, former coal-mining town in northern Japan is taking unprecedented measures to combat its biggest challenge: a devastating shrinking of its population. Its success could decide the future for hundreds of other local governments waging the same battle for survival.

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