Tokyo, Aug. 26 (Jiji Press)–Japan’s Cabinet Office and Cabinet Secretariat hope to strengthen steps to encourage people working for companies in Tokyo to move to rural areas without quitting their jobs, Jiji Press learned Thursday.
The two government agencies have decided to demand 126.8 billion yen in their fiscal 2022 budget request for regional revitalization measures, including the promotion of relocation without a job change, informed sources said.
Such relocation is drawing attention following the spread of teleworking amid the novel coronavirus epidemic.
In the third supplementary state budget for fiscal 2020, 10 billion yen was secured to pay grants to local governments working for the establishment of satellite offices for use by companies located in other regions.
The two agencies will seek an expansion of the grants without specifying the exact costs in the budget request, hoping to promote coordination between companies using satellite offices and local businesses.
The agencies also plan to make a special addition to subsidies mainly for residents of Tokyo’s densely populated 23 special wards moving to rural areas.
The subsidies, whose maximum amount is 1 million yen per recipient, will be boosted by several hundred thousand yen if eligible residents have any child under 18, according to the sources.
The budget request also includes 100 million yen for a project to promote regional digital transformation by dispatching specialists from private companies and another 100 million yen for the promotion of decarbonization efforts that lead to regional revitalization.