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Shimane Prefecture

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Shimane Prefecture!!

by FKR staff
Shimane is rich in natural beauty, endowed with the sea and mountains. Izumo Shrine is one of the major houses of spirits ancient and modern; Izumo Shrine. Its history is rich in mythology;Mythology.
Lafcadio Hearn, aka Koizumi Yakumo, who wrote in Japanese and became Japanese lived in Matsue, Shimane, when he first came to Japan in 1890. One may visit an old house he used to live in as well as a small museum.

Shimane's attractions and some pictures can be seen in these sites; Sightseeing Navigation in Shimane, Visit Shimane, Japan National Tourism Organization, Japan Guide.

Depopulation in rural areas is a serious problem all over Japan, as well as the advancing average age of residents. Shimane is eager to welcome new residents. And it offers some assistance; Shimane International Center.

★Security ranking★
(Source: Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, 2009 data disclosed in 2011)
 □Least accidents in the nation: 1st Tottori with 1,952 accidents, 2nd Shimane with 2,209 accidents in a year (Tottori is the eastern neighbor of Shimane)
 □Least crimes in the nation: 1st Shimane with 5,802 cases, 2nd Tottori with 6,005 cases
 □Least complaints on environmental damage: 1st Shimane with 212 complaints, 2nd Tottori with 271 complaints
So Shimane and Tottori stand out as the safest places to live, even within Japan.

★In the happiness ranking, Shimane came in the eighth.★

The number of properties in Shimane on court auction is not so high. Yet there are some properties at relatively low base bid prices. Once you fall in love with the place and its lifestyle, you just may find what you are looking for.

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