Million yen per child to leave Tokyo – Japan’s offer to families

Government boosts incentives to lure people to ‘unfashionable’ regional areas hit by ageing, shrinking populations

Japan’s government is offering ¥1m ($7,500) per child to families who move out of greater Tokyo, in an attempt to reverse population decline in the regions.

The incentive – a dramatic rise from the previous relocation fee of ¥300,000 – will be introduced in April, according to Japanese media reports, as part of an official push to breathe life into declining towns and villages.

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