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31 July


Japan attract foreigners to join in revitalization programs

The ministry plans to ease the rule to newly cover young people

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/NOVOSTIVL/ The internal affairs ministry will encourage foreign nationals living in Japan to join regional revitalization programs outside greater Tokyo and other big metropolises, sources said. The article appeared in the Jiji Press.

In fiscal 2019, the ministry will expand the scope of its financial assistance to municipalities to make it easier for non-Japanese, including those who have worked as assistant language teachers (ALTs), to participate in the programs, according to the sources.

Under the project, launched in fiscal 2009, young people are encouraged to move out of the greater Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya areas and live in the countryside where they are expected to engage in regional revitalization activities such as farming, the development of local specialty goods or working in the forestry and fishery industries, for one to three years.

Host municipalities receive up to ¥4 million per worker in special tax grants.

The ministry hopes to facilitate the participation in such regional revitalization efforts by foreign nationals who have worked as ALTs, international relations coordinators at municipalities and other staff under the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme, or JET.

At present, the special tax grants are provided only when participants move out of the three big-city areas to be enrolled in revitalization programs in other places.