Project helps islanders' grandchildren study at local schools
Jiji -- Jan 03
An aging and depopulated island town in western Japan is promoting a project to encourage the grandchildren of elderly residents to relocate from outside the island to study at local high schools.

The town government of Okinoshima provides 5,000 yen in monthly subsidies to each student who has a grandparent on the island and attends either of two prefecture-operated high schools there.

The town, located on an island in the Okinoshima chain in Shimane Prefecture, has a population of about 14,500. Oki High School and Oki Fisheries High School together had 386 students as of Dec. 26.

Facing a declining and aging population, town officials hope that the project will motivate young people to relocate to the island and help nurture people who will play active roles in the local community in the future.

The project started in fiscal 2016 following a proposal presented to the mayor at a meeting with local junior high school students.

News source: Jiji
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