MEXT-related Budget Highlights

Classification 

FY2014 Budget 

FY2015 Budget 

Change in Yen 

Percent Change 

MEXT General Budget

 5,363.6 billion yen

 5,337.8 billion yen

 -15.8 billion yen

 -0.3%

Reconstruction Budget

 145 billion yen

 219.6 billion yen

 74.6 billion yen

 51.4%

Total

 5,498.6 billion yen

 5,557.4 billion yen

 58.8 billion yen

 1.1%

 [FY2014 Supplementary Budget: 258.7 billion yen]

*FY2014 Budget in the MEXT General Budget row shows the value after budget reallocation. This value does not include the budget for the Comprehensive Support System for Children and Child-rearing.

-Based on the recommendation from the Council for the Implementation of Education Rebuilding, MEXT envisions building "a society where children, youths and working people with high motivation and ability for learning can receive high-quality education, regardless of their economic conditions and developmental status" by the year 2020, when the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games ?which will be a big turning point for Japan? will be held. While putting the efforts for this goal on track, MEXT will also endeavor to revitalize Japan and its local regions through education, culture, sports, science, technology and innovation.

<Education-related General Budget Highlights>

Classification 

FY2014 Budget 

FY2015 Budget 

Change in Yen 

Percent Change 

MEXT General Budget

 4,079.2 billion yen

 4,067.6 billion yen

 -11.7 billion yen

 -0.3%

Reconstruction Budget

118.3 billion yen 

 200.1 billion yen

 81.8 billion yen

 69.1%

Total

 4,197.6 billion yen

 4,267.7 billion yen

 70.1 billion yen

 1.7%

[FY2014 Supplementary Budget: 141.5 billion yen]

*FY2014 Budget in the MEXT General Budget row shows the value after budget reallocation. This value does not include the budget for the Comprehensive Support System for Children and Child-rearing and others.

-To maintain Japan's continuous growth and development, it is essential to increase additional values and to raise the productivity of individual Japanese citizens by allowing them to exert their ability and capacity to the maximum extent. In doing so, it is necessary to thoroughly promote the efforts for educational reform with a particular focus on young people and women.
-To This effect, MEXT will focus on educational reform measures, including the following.
< Developing social competencies for survival>
-Enhancement of the quality and number of teachers, enhancement of regional power centered on schools, promotion of women's participation, etc.
<Developing human resources for a brighter future>
-Development of global human resources, promotion of university reforms, etc.
< Building safety nets for learning >
-Promotion of gradual transition to free preschool education, enhancement of the interest-free scholarship program, anti-seismic reinforcement of school facilities, etc.

< Sports-related Budget Highlights>

Classification

FY2014 Budget 

FY2015 Budget 

Change in Yen 

Percent Change 

Sports-related Budget

 25.5 billion yen

 29.0 billion yen

 3.4 billion yen

13.5% 


[FY2014 Supplementary Budget: 13.0 billion yen]

FY2015 Budget includes personnel expenses, etc. for the establishment of Japan Sports Agency.

-MEXT will establish Japan Sports Agency and enhance the budget for the development of athletes, with an eye to the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020. MEXT will also promote comprehensive sports measures, including those for regional revitalization, health improvement and international contributions through sports.

<Culture and Arts-related Budget Highlights>

Classification

FY2014 Budget 

FY2015 Budget 

Change in Yen 

Percent Change 

Culture and Arts-related Budget

 103.6 billion yen

 103.8 billion yen

 0.2 billion yen

 0.2%

[FY2014 Supplementary Budget: 1.5 billion yen]

-Aiming to build a world-renowned culture and arts-oriented nation, MEXT will provide extensive support for regional revitalization measures that utilize cultural heritage, including the Japan Heritage. MEXT will also provide assistance to attractive, region-specific cultures and arts and share the Japanese culture with the world with an eye to the cultural program which is to be implemented in 2020. Through such efforts, MEXT will endeavor to revitalize Japan and local regions, using the culture as a trigger.

<Science and Technology-related Budget Highlights>

Classification 

FY2014 Budget 

FY2015 Budget 

Change in Yen 

Percent Change 

Science and Technology Budget

 971.3 billion yen

 968.0 billion yen

-3.3 billion yen 

 -0.3%

 

[FY2014 Supplementary Budget: 44.8 billion yen]

*Budget includes 109.0 billion yen transferred to the Energy Special Account (decrease by 0.6 billion yen compared to previous year).

-With the “Japan Revitalization Strategy 2014” and the “Comprehensive Strategy on Science, Technology and Innovation 2014” in mind, MEXT will promote innovations that renovate the society in ways so that citizens can see the outcomes, while also enhancing the quality of such innovations.
- MEXT will promote the establishment of innovation hubs by strengthening the function of research and development corporations, while keeping in mind the introduction of a new corporation system in April 2015. Moreover, MEXT will develop the national science technology infrastructures, which include basic research, human resources development, and research and development infrastructures, while also promoting regional revitalization by utilizing the R&D capabilities across Japan as drivers.
- Furthermore, MEXT will promote the implementation of the Acceleration Plan of Reactor Decommissioning R&D for the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, TEPCO. From the viewpoint of disaster prevention and security, MEXT will extend and enhance measures on national security and core technologies that underpin citizens' safety.

 

(Budget and Accounts Division, Minister’s Secretariat)