Japan’s government wants families to move out of the crowded capital, Tokyo, and therefore has significantly boosted a one-time grant to kick things along. It’s now worth 1 million yen per child, that is about 7,500 US dollars. The incentive is part of an official push to breathe life into declining towns and villages. A whopping 30 percent of Japan’s population now lives in greater Tokyo. Tens of thousands of people move there each year, hollowing out other parts of Japan which have aging populations. Can these efforts be a sustainable solution to some of Japan’s long-term demographic problems?
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