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According to the history books, Rikuzentakata was a part of the ancient Mutsu Province, but today it sits in the Iwate Prefecture with a population of about 23,302 walking around its' streets.  It was almost destroyed in the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and the following tsunami with every building lower than 3 stories being flooded and numerous lives lost (estimated to be 40% of the population) and more than 80% of the housing swept away due to the 13 metre high wave that inundated the town.  In 2014 countermeasures were taken against future tsunami happenings that involved a conveyor belt system with a long suspension span crossing the Kesen River named the "Bridge of Hope". This construction elevated the city by over 10 meters. From this tragedy, the town is rebuilding itself and its' streets now include coworking venues.

This is a town for lovers of seafood, as its economy is heavily based on commercial fishing with the farming of slippery suckers, known by most as oysters, producing a staggering ¥40 million in annual sales.  From slurping down oysters to being an ancient battleground for samurai, Rikuzentakata is another town in Japan seeing its young folk branch out into the tech world, rather than hunkering down in big corporation jobs. The success of e-commerce and Internet gurus such as Mixi and Mercari has forever changed the face of Japanese work culture breeding a new savvy lot of entrepreneurs who are not afraid to take a risk.  The majority of fledgling startups aim for the niche markets of health care, agritech, Internet of Things, enterprise software and artificial intelligence within their own domestic market, which is actually the 3rd biggest market globally.

Many Japanese towns are seeing coworking venues awash in local innovative tech hopefuls destined to create their own big dreams.

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