Tokyo, Aug. 26 (Jiji Press)–Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism unveiled its budget request for fiscal 2022 on Thursday, including general-account spending of 6,934.9 billion yen, up 17.6 pct from the fiscal 2021 budget.
The budget request emphasizes measures to respond to major disasters such as heavy rain and those to realize a carbon-free society.
In the request, the ministry demanded 6,249.2 billion yen for public works-related expenses, up 18.8 pct, including 540.1 billion yen for promoting flood control measures, as well as funds for improving the accuracy of predicting continued heavy rain.
Related to the government’s goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to virtually zero in 2050, the ministry asked for 138.4 billion yen for strengthening measures to promote power-saving homes.
Meanwhile, 80.4 billion yen was requested for developing Shinkansen high-speed railways.
The ministry also demanded unspecified funds for measures following a recent deadly mudslide in the central city of Atami, Shizuoka Prefecture, and those to support public transportation and tourism businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic.