The government has decided to submit a bill to the regular Diet session next year aimed at preventing universities based in Tokyo’s densely populated 23 wards from raising their enrollment limits. The bill will include a grant system to help regional universities in a bid to revitalize rural areas beset by a declining youth population and the over-concentration of students in central Tokyo.
A government panel of experts on the promotion of regional universities and employment of young people (chaired by Masahiro Sakane, Komatsu Ltd. councilor) compiled a report calling for the establishment of a legal system on Dec. 8. The report analyzed that Japan’s population, goods, and money are concentrated in Tokyo, accelerating the declining birthrate and exhausting regional areas. The report also suggested measures to establish university enrollment limits, promote regional universities, and create jobs for young people in rural areas. The government will flesh out the details of the legislation based on the panel’s proposals. (Abridged)