Regional relocation office to open in Tokyo

Regional relocation office to open in Tokyo
Tokyo Station Marunouchi

The Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry plans to open a consultation office near Tokyo Station to serve people thinking about moving from major cities to less populated areas.

To be called the "Zenkoku Iju Sokushin Center" (National relocation promotion centre), the office is scheduled to open late this month.

The idea behind the centre is to offer a centrally located office where people looking to move to more rural areas can search for information on housing, jobs, medical institutions and other information about possible destinations.

The centre is part of the government's regional vitalization plan to correct the excessive concentration of the population in the Tokyo area.

The centre will have staff who can answer questions about areas people are thinking about moving to, and anyone will be able to search for candidate sites based on factors such as employment and housing.

There are also plans to set up counters to support people who want to work in agriculture or the fishery industry and to host events such as informational meetings put on by local governments.

The centre will be in the Kyobashi district of Chuo Ward, about a four-minute walk from Tokyo Station's Yaesu Central Exit.

This convenient location is aimed not only at people with a strong desire to move, but also to attract latent demand from those who's ideas of relocating are not fully formed.

A government survey of Tokyo residents found that about 40 per cent of respondents planned or wanted to consider moving.

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