Japan to offer high school, university entrance exam subsidies

TOKYO, Oct 23 (NHK) - Japan's government plans to launch a subsidy program to help children from low-income households pay for high school and university entrance exams.

The Children and Families Agency will offer the subsidies to single-parent households receiving child-care benefits, and low-income families exempt from residential taxes.

High school seniors will receive about 50,000 yen, or 330 dollars, to cover university entrance exam fees. Subsidies will also be made available for seniors and third-year junior high school students to take mock exams for preparation.

The government already offers support for university enrollment and tuition fees. But it has faced calls to ease the financial burden from the admissions stage.

The new subsidies are expected to be handed out from the fiscal year that begins next April.