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Gov’t proposes additional deregulatory plans to special zone project

  • 2015-01-28 15:00:00
  • , Nikkei
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(Nikkei: January 28, 2015 – p. 2)


 A government task force has proposed 13 new measures as part of a project to create special deregulation zones.


 The proposal, which was presented to a Council on National Strategic Special Zone meeting on Jan. 27, calls for making it easy for businesses to invest in agricultural cooperatives. It also includes a plan to loosen restrictions on foreign-certified doctors to perform medical treatments in the designated areas.


 The government has been pressing hard for easing rock-solid regulations in the agricultural and medical sectors. It expects deregulatory reforms in these sectors to give spurs to the lifting of other regulations. (Abridged)


 Key measures to be included in planned strategic special zones




· To be submitted to ordinary Diet session


o To be studied further


Agriculture, forestry and fisheries


o To let corporations take controlling interests in agricultural cooperatives


o To consolidate farmland with unknown owners


o To allow fishing cooperatives and companies to obtain fishing licenses on equal terms

Healthcare and social welfare


o To allow foreign-certified doctors to treat Japanese patients


· To permit the use of blood in testing drugs made by induced pluripotent stem cells, or iPS cells


· To build child-care facilities in public parks in the Tokyo metropolitan area

Tourism and services


o To exempt A-grade tax operators from regulations


o To allow foreign beauticians to work in Japan

Support for entrepreneurship


· To allow municipal authorities to sign free contracts with promising start-ups

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