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Ministry of Health to request record 31 trillion yen budget

  • August 27, 2016
  • , Mainichi , p. 6
  • JMH Translation

The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare on Friday announced its budget request for FY2017 totaling 31.1217 trillion yen in the general account. It is an 810.8 billion yen increase from the initial 2016 budget and the largest budget request yet. This is also the ministry’s fifth consecutive budget request exceeding 30 trillion yen.


The ministry plans to establish in each municipality a center for improving remuneration of non-regular workers as a means of promoting labor reform, an initiative of the Abe administration, and to create in the ministry a new bureau specifically for this purpose.


In order to fund initiatives that solve the problem of children who are wait-listed for public nursery schools, 116.9 billion yen has been requested from the budget, (partly from the special account). The budget includes spending on facilities, staff, and community relations coordinators who will negotiate issues that may arise from the establishment of new nursery schools in local communities. The social welfare-related request is 640 billion yen, a natural increase given the aging population and other conditions.


In the medical field, 5.5 billion yen has been requested (a 2.4 billion increase over FY2016) to accelerate the promotion of “clinical innovation networks,” in which universities and research centers share patients’ clinical data in order to reduce the cost of and expedite clinical trials. (Abridged)


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