Japan govt eyes income limit for free education of 5-yr-olds
Jiji Press -- Jul 16
Japanese education minister Hakubun Shimomura said Tuesday that the government plans to introduce an income limit for free preschool education for five-year-old children.

Families with an annual income of less than 3.6 million yen are expected to be eligible for the free schooling from fiscal 2015, Shimomura said at a press conference.

The measure requires a state budget of some 30 billion yen per year. The proposed income ceiling may change as a result of talks between the education ministry, the Finance Ministry and the welfare ministry expected to begin next week, government officials said.

下村文部科学大臣は閣議のあとの記者会見で、幼児教育の充実に向け、5歳の子どもが幼­稚園や保育所に通う際の保育料について、来年度から年収360万円未満の世帯は無償に­したいという考えを示しました。
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