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Gov’t selects three additional areas as special districts for economic growth

  • 2015-03-20 15:00:00
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(Nikkei: March 20, 2015 – p. 5)


 The government on March 19 selected additional three prefectures and cities as key strategic zones for economic growth.


 The Council on National Strategic Special Zones, which is chaired by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, designated Semboku in Akita Prefecture, Sendai in Miyagi Prefecture and Aichi Prefecture as special districts for regional revitalization and will drastically ease regulations on healthcare, entrepreneurship, education and other fields in these places. “The government will extend maximum support to the three areas so as to help them overhaul rock-solid regulations,” said Abe.


 The government picked six regions in the Tokyo and Kansai areas as special strategic zones at the end of March last year. This time, a total of 206 business proposals were submitted by 48 local governments and 109 businesses. (Abridged)


Outline of proposals submitted by three areas selected as strategic zones

Semboku, Akita Prefecture – Agriculture and medical tourism


· Utilize foreign doctors to promote medical tourism


· Make state-owed forests available to encourage their usage as grazing land


· Conduct pilot projects on cutting-edge technologies, such as drones

Sendai – Women’s empowerment and promotion of social enterprises


· Foster nursery school teachers with licenses limited to the city as part of efforts to reduce the number of children on the waiting list


· Streamline procedures to set up non-profit organizations


· Certify articles of incorporation at places other than notary offices

Aichi Prefecture – Fostering industrial personnel


· Establish private-run, public schools using management expertise of the private sector


· Encourage private companies’ entry into agricultural sector


· Conduct pilot projects on autonomous driving system technology

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