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  • Jeff Baierlein

Viristar to Work with Japanese Government and Private Sector to Support Outdoor Safety in Japan



Viristar will be providing a two-day Risk Management for Outdoor Programs training in Japan this December, and will meet with government officials in Nagano Prefecture to discuss governmental actions to support safety in the outdoor industry in Japan.


The training is part of a project conducted with the support of the government of Nagano Prefecture to develop a training program for Japanese outdoor guides who want to guide in English in Japan.


Viristar is cooperating with Isamu Yokobori, co-director of Wilderness Medical Associates Japan and mountain guide with BOJ, Inc. (Beauty Of Japan), with this project.


The training will take place December 6 and 7, 2023 at the National Shinshu Takato Youth Nature House in Takato Town, Nagano Prefecture.


The facility, also known as the National Shinshutakato Youth Outdoor Learning Center, is a part of the National Institution for Youth Education.


The National Shinshutakato Youth Outdoor Learning Center. National Shinshutakato Youth Outdoor Learning Center


Following the training, Viristar staff will meet with government officials in Nagano to discuss how government bodies can take a leadership position regarding safety in the outdoor industry in Nagano and throughout Japan.


Japan sees economic and social benefits in a robust and high-quality outdoor sector, and there is interest in advancing the standards of risk management with outdoor education and recreation experiences in the country.


Scenes from the National Shinshutakato Youth Outdoor Learning Center. National Shinshutakato Youth Outdoor Learning Center


Viristar staff have experience with supporting outdoor safety standard development in other nations. Viristar staff have worked with government officials in the European nation of Georgia to draft technical regulations (secondary legislation) for safety of high-risk adventure tourism activities in that mountainous country.


And Viristar staff have supported a voluntary outdoor adventure safety standard development project in South Africa, in conjunction with SATSA and South Africa’s outdoor adventure sector.


Japan has a long history of outdoor adventure, and a vast and diverse array of mountain, forest, and ocean landscapes in which to explore and enjoy the outdoors. Activities range from high-adventure alpine skiing to the practice of shinrin-yoku (森林浴) or “forest bathing.”


Viristar is pleased to be able to support Japan’s long tradition of outdoor adventures and high-quality nature experiences.





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