Japan’s government will pay families three times more to leave Tokyo and relocate to less densely populated regions of the country.

Since the 2019 fiscal year, parents have been able to apply for a subsidy of 300,000 yen (£1,906) per child for moving out of the capital. That amount is now set to increase to up to one million yen (£6,356) when the financial year begins in April.  

“Officials hope the generous sums” will motivate households with children under 18 years old “to revitalise regions and ease pressure on space and public services in greater Tokyo”, said The Guardian’s Tokyo correspondent Justin McCurry. 

But “the scheme has struggled to capture the public imagination” since it first launched, said McCurry.

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