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April 17th, 2012
Japan’s Neglected Infrastructure Needs Fix: Nikkei

Government spending had a tendency to be directed towards new projects rather than maintenance works on existing bridges and roadways, the editorial said, noting that project funding “has usually been channeled through the political muscle of lawmakers rather than by actual need.” The cost of upkeep on roads and other infrastructure is set to soar in coming years, potentially draining the entire budget and capping the ability to fund new projects, the editorial said. It cited Tokyo University public policy Professor Yuji Nemoto as saying that one solution could be to recognize that Japan’s depopulation trends means there less need and he proposed that underutilized facilities should be scrapped.