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1. Rice terraces in Japan are not only important for agricultural production and land conservation, but they also hold cultural, aesthetic, and environmental values. They are recognized as living cultural landscapes and popular agritourism destinations.

2. The abandonment and desertion of rice terraces worldwide due to urbanization, industrialization, and a lack of agricultural population have led to various problems such as loss of ecosystem services, land cover changes, reduced availability of water, and soil degradation. The conservation and sustainable development of rice terraces have become pressing issues.

3. Heritage tourism plays a significant role in the local economy, and rice terraces with their changing sceneries of seasons and historical/cultural significance can be attractive agricultural heritage resources for tourism. Developing tourism around rice terraces can contribute to the maintenance of agricultural landscapes, raise awareness about agricultural heritage conservation, and improve local livelihoods' diversity and sustainability.

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