Apr 24, 2017

Government may pull plug on a quarter of clean-energy projects

About a quarter of all approved clean-energy projects in Japan may no longer qualify for government incentives after failing to meet a deadline to secure grid access, according to preliminary estimates from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. About 456,000 projects totaling 27.7 ...

/ Sep 23, 2016

Political parties used 20% less of their subsidies in 2015

Total spending of state subsidies by 10 of Japan’s political parties sank 19.8 percent to about ¥26 billion in 2015, the internal affairs ministry disclosed in a report Friday. The year-on-year drop occurred after spending on election-related expenses plunged 62.3 percent to around ¥3.3 ...

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 ...