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66 B. Yen Eyed for "Digital Garden City" Subsidy Programs

66 B. Yen Eyed for "Digital Garden City" Subsidy Programs

   Tokyo, Nov. 25 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government plans to earmark under its envisaged fiscal 2021 supplementary budget 66 billion yen for subsidy programs related to the Digital Garden City Nation initiative to revitalize regional economies through digital technologies, it was learned Thursday.
   Under the planned extra budget, the central government will also set aside 6.8 trillion yen for special grants to local governments for implementing novel coronavirus measures.
   Of the 66 billion yen for the Digital Garden City-related subsidies, 20 billion yen will be used for a grant system to promote the initiative, which was proposed by Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, in hopes to push for regional revitalization moves such as tourism promotion using smartphone apps and introducing package delivery services using drones.
   The remaining 46 billion yen will be used for a subsidy program to help build facilities for carrying out measures to revitalize local economies.
   Of the 6.8 trillion yen that will be allocated for the special grants, 300 billion yen will be used for a new framework to allow people who are unable to receive COVID-19 vaccines due to health and other reasons to undergo polymerase chain reaction tests for the novel coronavirus for free.

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