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Closed Mines as Sites of Learning and Engagement in Japan

Japan is well known for its lack of mineral resources. However, interestingly, the Japanese domestic mining industry played a crucial role in the nation’s industrialization and modernization in the 19th and the first half of the 20th century. The country even exported gold, copper and other mineral products.

In September 2018, I had a scoping visit to two mine areas closed in the 1970s to explore how these mine sites are maintained as sightseeing and learning centres, as part of a research study funded by the JSPS research fellowship at Centre for Northeast Asian Studies, Tohoku University. In this photo-essay, I will introduce the sightseeing centre and community learning centre of Ashio copper mine and smelter in Tochigi prefecture.

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Comment by Byambajav Dalaibuyan on October 15, 2018 at 2:40

Thanks for your interest in this research and invitation.

Comment by Barbara Alcayaga on October 13, 2018 at 4:33

Hello! Perhaps you'd be interested in the Planning for Closure 2018 congress that will take place on Nov. 7-9 in Santiago Chile . see more at Gecamin.com/PlanningforClosure . The program includes experiences and learnings from across the mining world. Regards!

Comment by Joseph Smith on October 10, 2018 at 13:44

Great visit and thanks for sharing this. I'd like to know more about the findings of this research. I am working on related issues here in my country Sierra Leone. Interestingly I studied in Japan likewise- at the International Christian University (ICU) Tokyo. My African Youth on Mining and Environment (AYME) is doing advocacy for sustainable land reclamation after mines closure. We can connect if that is okay with you. 

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