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Japan mulling financial aid for data centers

  • October 19, 2021
  • , Jiji Press , 9:24 p.m.
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Tokyo, Oct. 19 (Jiji Press)–The Japanese government is considering giving financial aid to companies that build new data centers that fulfill requirements for withstanding large-scale disasters, officials said Tuesday.

A panel of experts set up by the industry and communications ministries will compile details by the end of the year.

High-performance data centers are considered vital to digitalize society, including putting automated driving and remote medicine technologies into use.

In its growth strategy action plan adopted in June, the government called for establishing five core data centers and 10 regional data centers.

At the panel’s first meeting on Tuesday, the industry ministry proposed that aid be provided to data centers that are several hundred kilometers away from the Tokyo metropolitan area to prepare for earthquakes in the region, have land area of 10 hectares or more and can use renewable energy.

The aid is expected to cover costs for establishing telecommunications networks and power transmission equipment.

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