Special Zones to serve as “model of regional vitalization” in Japan: Shinzo Abe

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Japanese Prime Minister addressing  13th Meeting of Council on National Strategic Special ZonesTokyo: During the 13th meeting of the Council on National Strategic Special Zones at the Japanese Prime Minister’s Office here last weekend, a debate took place on certifying the special zone plan, additional items for regulatory reform, and the designation of Regional Vitalization Special Zones.

Based on the discussion, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said in his address:as the first installment on the Regional Vitalization Special Zones promised in last year’s election, we decided on three areas and expect the Regional Vitalization Special Zones to serve as a leading model of regional vitalization in Japan.”

Semboku City in Akita Prefecture has opened state-owned forest lands that cover 60% of its land area to the private sector for cattle grazing and drone verification testing. The restriction against practices owned by non-Japanese physicians will also be lifted here.

Sendai City in Miyagi Prefecture is introducing a program for regional children’s nurses and speeding up procedures for opening daycare facilities, including those operated by incorporated NPOs, as a means of facilitating women’s active role in society and encouraging social business creation.

The national government will provide as much assistance as possible, including simplifying procedures and dispatching experts, to this first installment of three Regional Vitalization Special Zone areas, including Aichi Prefecture, which are working for breakthrough in the reform of vested interests in the fields of education and agriculture.

In addition,the  we finalized regulatory reform to add to the bill, including lifting the ban on construction of daycares in urban parks and expanding the scope of treatments that can be performed by non-Japanese physicians. An enhanced version of the bill, including these additions, will be submitted to the current session of the Diet.

Furthermore, we will solicit bold regulatory reform proposals, including verification of near future technologies, and launch the second installment of Regional Vitalization Special Zones as quickly as possible before the end of the year.”


Compiled by Newsroom24x7, based on the Council on National Strategic Special Zones, published on the Official Website of the Prime Minister of Japan and His Cabinet (http://japan.kantei.go.jp/97_abe/actions/201503/article6.html).