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Japan offers 1 million yen annual grants to people who start farming after migrating from metropolitan areas to rural ones

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Farmers Planting the Rice, 1890s. Hand-colored albumen print. Author: Kimbei Kusakabe.

Japanese government to subsidize neophyte farmers

The Yomiuri Shimbun
Jan. 6, 2011

The Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry has decided to offer 1 million yen annual grants to people who start farming after migrating from metropolitan areas to rural ones, the ministry said Wednesday.

Under the “U-turn, I-turn subsidy” program, the government aims to utilize uncultivated farmland and revitalize farming, which has been strained by declining numbers and advancing age.

“U-turn” is a name given to the phenomenon of people returning from metropolitan regions to their hometowns, and “I-turn” is the phenomenon of city-born people moving to rural areas in search of work.

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January 7, 2011   3 Comments