Apr 25, 2016

Emergency subsidies OK'd for rebuilding in quake-hit Kyushu

The government on Monday designated the series of powerful earthquakes that have rocked Kyushu as a disaster of “extreme severity,” paving the way for affected communities to receive increased subsidies for recovery efforts. The designation allows the central government to offer additional financial assistance ...

Feb 20, 2016

Government to aid broadband infrastructure in sparsely populated areas

The government will boost financial assistance to municipalities that construct high-speed broadband communications networks in sparsely populated remote island and mountain areas, according to sources Saturday. Promoting broadband infrastructure is intended to improve the lives of residents in out-of-the-way places by facilitating Internet communication ...

Nov 17, 2015

Stronger TPP support hammered out for beef, pork farmers

In a set of measures to cut the impact of trade liberalization under the planned Trans-Pacific Partnership accord, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party has included stronger support for loss-making beef and pork farmers, according to party officials. The draft measures to shore up the ...

Oct 15, 2015

Land ministry cheated out of ¥90 million, watchdog finds

Japan’s land ministry was cheated out of at least ¥90 million in a subsidy program designed to make buildings more energy-efficient, a government watchdog said Thursday. The Board of Audit checked 74 of some 1,500 projects covered by the subsidy program during the two ...

Sep 21, 2015

Eco-car subsidies to be scaled back in FY 2016

The industry ministry plans to scale down the existing subsidy program for purchases of eco-friendly vehicles from fiscal 2016, as such vehicles have become relatively common and prices have dropped, ministry officials said last week. In its fiscal 2016 budget request, the ministry asked ...

Aug 6, 2015

Japan to subsidize costs for eco-friendly trucks

The Environment Ministry plans to subsidize the cost of purchasing next-generation trucks and buses powered by electricity or other eco-friendly energy sources as part of efforts to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, according to sources. The ministry intends to provide at least half of the ...