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5 GUESTS "Mobility"

We get around our towns and cities in all kinds of ways - on foot, by train, by bicycle, by bus. And, of course, by car. And, more and more, our transport systems connect together.

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2010/08/05

5 Guests is a series where we ask five experts from different walks of life to share their thoughts and ideas on themes related to Nissan, and the future of mobility.

We get around our towns and cities in all kinds of ways - on foot, by train, by bicycle, by bus. And, of course, by car. And, more and more, our transport systems connect together. If we are going to create sustainable mobility solutions that everyone can benefit from, we must consider all the possibilities, and the impact they have on each other. For the first 5 Guests article, we asked five people who have very different experiences of travel and transport to tell us about their ideal kind of"mobility", its impact on our towns, our lives, and the environment.
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Yasumasa Manabe's role as vice president of a small, provincial railway company, as well as running a local Nissan dealership and convenience store chain, gives him a unique oversight into how we get around our local towns everyday, and how we can do better. "Everyone has their own way of getting around, but I like to find a way that makes me feel my view of the world has changed a little afterwards." ... read more
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Atsushi Murakami is an environment journalist who lives and works in Freiburg, Germany, the town considered to be the home of the modern environmental movement. Murakami has a first-hand insight into the potential, and the problems, in creating a truly sustainable urban transport system. "Walking or cycling whenever one is traveling distances of less than 3 km should be emphasized, not only in consideration of the Earth but also for one's personal health." ... read more
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Micheal Kanellos is editor-in-chief of the US-based blog Greentech Media. An expert in sustainable technology, his many appearances on TV and at conferences put him at the pulse of the sustainable technology movement. "If I couldn't afford an electric car, I'd get an electric bike." ... read more
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At just 17, Mike Perham became the youngest person to sail single-handed around the world, in 2009. His experiences navigating a 50-foot yacht around the world put our efforts to create a sustainable planet into the perspective of the vastness of nature, and how technology can help. "Sailing a yacht from one place to another is probably more challenging, but with that small challenge, comes the feeling of achievement when you reach your destination." ... read more
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Hajime Ishikawa is a landscape architect and "fieldsmith". Using GPS, photos and advanced mapping techniques, he plots and traces his everyday journeys into geological maps and 3D charts, to create a totally unique view of his personal movements, and the terrain we inhabit. "The Special Rapid Express is too fast, but the Local is too slow, so the Rapid Line is the one for me." ... read more