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Japanese Gov't Paper Calls for Raising Tokyo Area's Global Competitiveness
Source: japantoday.com
Source Date: Saturday, June 12, 2010
Focus: ICT for MDGs, Citizen Engagement
Country: Japan
Created: Jun 21, 2010

The government on Friday called for a state strategy to boost the global competitiveness of the Tokyo metropolitan area. The fiscal 2009 white paper on the metropolis comprising Tokyo and seven surrounding prefectures, approved by the cabinet on Friday, recommends gathering human and financial resources in Tokyo and three neighboring prefectures.

The paper warned that the global position of the immediate Tokyo area—Tokyo, Saitama, Chiba and Kanagawa prefectures—would decline if the government continues its policy to control excessive concentration in population and businesses in the central areas. The paper said a state strategy is necessary to cope with issues such as obsolete infrastructure built during Japan’s period of rapid economic growth and environmental problems such as global warming.
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