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Tokyoites find dream life in rural Japan can be alienating

City of Kochi offers two-step immigration to ease culture shock

A screenshot of a video by the city of Kochi's immigration and settlement promotion office, depicting the challenges of adjusting to country living.

KOCHI, Japan -- As more Japanese shun urban hustle and bustle for the lower-cost tranquility of the countryside, many transplants find themselves grappling with culture shock.

Kochi, a southwestern city with a population of 330,000, is recommending a "warmup" period before making the leap.

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