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Japan seeks to stop hollowing out of its rural economies

Abe Cabinet approves fiscal package of 3.5t yen, including 600b yen for regional revitalisation

Mr Abe (centre) and his Cabinet making a customary new year's visit to the Ise shrine on Monday. He has urged local authorities to work with the national government to revive the economy in areas outside the major cities.


JAPAN Prime Minister Shinzo Abe entered the new year resolved to get the world's third-largest economy moving forward again through bolder structural reforms, but Jan 1 brought him a grim reminder of the internal decay eating away at the country's social and economic fabric.

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