Govt adopts bill to limit university enrollments in central Tokyo
Jiji -- Feb 06
The Japanese government on Tuesday adopted a bill to keep university enrollment capacities in the densely populated 23 wards in central Tokyo from increasing over 10 years.

The bill, designed to ease the overconcentration of the country's population and business in the capital, also includes a new grant program for municipalities trying to promote industries and train specialists in cooperation with local universities and companies.

The government hopes that the bill will pass the Diet, the country's parliament, before the current session ends in June.

The government believes that the overconcentration is spurred by a major inflow of young people from various regions into Tokyo when they enter universities.

The bill is aimed at reducing the inflow directly as well as making regional universities more attractive by promoting advanced research in science, tourism, agriculture and other areas.

News source: Jiji
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