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    Japan Might Pay People to Leave Tokyo

    Should they stay or should they go? Japan’s government is reportedly considering paying citizens as much as $27,000 to move out of the capital as the country’s emptying countryside and smaller cities struggle to find labor. With 38 million residents, Tokyo’s metropolitan area is home to nearly one-third of Japan’s population, and has seen more people moving in than moving away for 22 years straight. Revitalization programs aren’t new — local governments have offered tax cuts and subsidies to companies willing to relocate — but this payout may be the most extreme measure yet.

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