332 The top 10 rural regions of Japan that Tokyo residents would like to move to

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There’s a widespread belief in Japan that if you want to achieve educational or economic success, you come to Tokyo. As a matter of fact, it’s such a common move that Japanese even has a verb for it, joukyou, or to “move on up to the capital.”

But for some people, always-lively Tokyo is just too bustling. It’s not just the elderly who feel the appeal of a rustic lifestyle, either. Even some residents in their 20s find themselves wanting to move away from the constant hum of the big city, and a recent survey reveals the top 10 rural regions of Japan that Tokyoites would like to move to.

I -Word Understanding
bustling – full of activity and noise
rustic lifestyle – countryside lifestyle; simple

II – Have Your Say
Where would you like to live? Here are the top 10 places Tokyo people want to move to:
1. Yamanashi
2. Nagano
3. Okayama
4. Fukushima
5. Niigata
6 . Kumamoto
7. Shizuoka
8. Shimane
9. Toyama
10. Kagawa

332 The top 10 rural regions of Japan that Tokyo residents would like to move to

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