Up to 3 M. Yen to Be Given for Biz Launches outside Tokyo

Politics

Tokyo, Jan. 31 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government will start a financial assistance program that will pay up to 3 million yen to people who move out of the greater Tokyo area and start businesses outside it.

The program, to be set up in fiscal 2019 from April this year, will give up to one million yen per person to former Tokyo-area residents who find jobs at small firms on lists drawn up by the governments of the prefectures they move into.

The central government hopes the program will help ease the overconcentration of the population and businesses in Tokyo and the shortage of leaders in rural areas.

An official at the Cabinet Secretariat expressed a wish to "give a push" to those interested in living outside the greater Tokyo area.

Eligible for the assistance will be people who move outside the greater Tokyo area, including the three neighboring prefectures of Saitama, Chiba and Kanagawa, after living in the area and working in Tokyo's densely populated 23 wards for the last five years or longer.

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