Stopping by Yubari’s Mount Racey Ski Resort

Stopping by Yubari’s Mount Racey Ski Resort

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Hi everyone, I’m still in Yubari. This is one
of the answers that the town of Yubari has tried to come up with to address the
issue of economic development. That is, what do we do in a town that lost its
economic base? In the case of Yubari, lost most of its coal mining jobs when
the mine closed because of a lack of profitability and mine safety, and a lot
of other reasons. One of the answers is you try and find other economic sources
of development. In this case we’re looking at tourism as a possibility I
know why they’re beating on their ski poles so much but they’re doing it. All
right, he stopped. Economic development in this case we have Mount Yubari which
is a ski area and right behind me the Sorry, it’s not Mount Yubari it’s Mount
Racey is the name of this ski area in Yubari and then that’s a hotel Mount
Racey so really pretty, pretty deluxe hotel and a pretty, for Japanese standards, a pretty large ski resort development, not as big as a lot of American development, but, this is one possibility for figuring out how to get
some more money from tourism. Of course it hasn’t even newly stemmed the tide
that we’ve seen from the loss of coal mining jobs in the case of Yubari, but
it’s something at least. The other complaint people make about this sort of
economic development is that a lot of the money might not stay in the area if
there’s external investors coming in that’s not such a problem for Hotel Mount Racey the like it’s mostly local employees and locally owned but the
bigger challenge is a lot of the jobs are not that high paying jumps so
that’s a major challenge when you have lots of service sector employment at a
relatively low pay, low skill level and standard compared to say industrial jobs.
That’s all for now I will talk to you all soon again!

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