Japan to Pay Up to 3 M. Yen for Biz Launches outside Tokyo Area

Politics

Tokyo, Aug. 28 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government plans to give people who leave the greater Tokyo area to work or launch businesses up to 3 million yen per head, officials said Tuesday.

Also planned is a grant of up to one million yen for women and old people living outside the metropolitan area to encourage them to return to the labor force amid nationwide manpower shortages.

The government will book 115 billion yen for the grant program in the fiscal 2019 budget request.

To reduce the overconcentration of population in Tokyo, the government aims to raise the total number of people migrating to other regions to work or start businesses and women and elderly people living outside the metropolitan region who newly start work, by a total of 300,000 over the six years through fiscal 2024.

In fiscal 2019, the government will give people moving out of Tokyo and the neighboring prefectures of Saitama, Chiba and Kanagawa and launch businesses in other regions 3 million yen to help them cover the necessary costs, such as for rents and equipment.

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