INTERVIEW: Japanese Minister Seeks to Strengthen Regional Revitalization Efforts

Politics

Tokyo, Oct. 1 (Jiji Press)--Japan needs to make more efforts for regional revitalization amid the continuing concentration of people in Tokyo, new regional revitalization minister Seigo Kitamura said in a recent interview.

The country is in a "very important phase" as fiscal 2019, which started in April, marks the last year of the government's first five-year regional revitalization plan, Kitamura said.

"As the minister in charge, I'll play a leading role in drawing up a comprehensive follow-up strategy and the government will work as one to strengthen regional revitalization efforts," he said.

"By also encouraging proactive efforts by local governments across the country, we will realize regional revitalization led by local areas," he said.

Kitamura rejected suggestions that local revitalization efforts are losing momentum. "Awareness on regional revitalization is taking root for sure," he said, referring to a series of government support measures such as subsidies.

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