The government is planning to financially support libraries of public high schools across the nation to purchase newspapers, sources said.
The Education, Cultre, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry and the Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry will urge the schools to take four different newspapers as the lowering of the voting age from 20 to 18 in June made voters' education at school increasingly important. The change made third-year students in high schools, many of whom are 18 years old, able to cast ballots in public offices elections.
The government will double the amount of annual tax revenue allocation to municipalities to about ¥3 billion over the five years starting in fiscal 2017, which begins next April, to help finance newspaper purchases by schools. The support will cover elementary and junior high schools as well as high schools. According to a survey by the education ministry, public high schools took 2.8 newspapers on average as of the end of fiscal 2015.
The Environment Ministry said Friday that it has punished a 71-year-old part-time worker at Shinjuku Gyoen National Park in central Tokyo for neglecting to collect entry fees from some non-Japanese speakers. (Jiji)
The position of the Japan-U.S. alliance as the linchpin of Japanese foreign policy and security is an "unchanging principle," Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said in a policy speech Friday hours before the inauguration of the next U.S. president. (Kyodo)
The organizing committee of the 2017 Asian Winter Games to be held in Hokkaido, northern Japan, next month has asked a Japanese hotel chain to take appropriate measures amid criticism for its owner's denial of the 1937 Nanjing incident. (Jiji)