Tokyo, Dec. 22 (Jiji Press)–The Japanese government will set aside 2.5 billion yen for a plan to build an international education and research hub in Fukushima Prefecture in its fiscal 2022 draft budget, it was learned Wednesday.
The research hub, set to fully open in fiscal 2024, will conduct the world’s highest levels of research and development in five areas including robot and nuclear disasters.
The northeastern prefecture was hit by the March 2011 triple meltdown at Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.’s <9501> Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.
Under the budget, which is being drafted, 2 billion yen will be secured to make preparations to establish the hub’s operating company, acquire land and build facilities.
Besides that, 500 million yen will be spent on research and development projects preceding the company’s establishment. The money will also be used to pay researchers and staff members.