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Government budget for art and culture Japan FY 2011-2020

The total art and culture related budget of the Agency for Cultural Affairs in Japan amounted to around 106.72 billion Japanese yen in the fiscal year 2020, representing a slight increase from the previous fiscal year. The budget was the highest in fiscal 2018, when the agency restructured the organization following the amendment of the Basic Law on Art and Culture in 2017.

The Agency for Cultural Affairs

The Agency for Cultural Affairs is an external organ of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT) in Japan. The agency was established in 1968 to design comprehensive developments of artistic and cultural activities in the country. Projects that are conducted by the agency include: promotions of art creation activities and international cultural exchange; protection of cultural assets and copyrights; improvement and dissemination of the Japanese language; and management of religious corporations. In fiscal 2020, the agency planned to allocate the highest share of the annual budget to the projects for inheritance and utilization of cultural properties through proper maintenance. The agency additionally supports the Japan Arts Funds that subsidizes various types of culture-related activities.

Art and culture promotion measures

The current measures for the advancement of art and culture in Japan are based on the Basic Plan on the Promotion of Culture and the Arts, enacted in 2018. The plan specifies policies and programs for the period between fiscal years 2018 and 2022, such as the Cool Japan Strategy that aims to attract people overseas utilizing Japanese traditional and modern culture. The development of the art and culture industry has been one of the focal points of the Japanese government in recent years, as the expansion of inbound tourism was initially estimated due to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics. The 2020 Olympic games were postponed from July 2020 to July 2021 thus, the government still awaits the anticipated boost to the art and culture industry, and inbound and domestic tourism in the country.

Annual budget of the Agency for Cultural Affairs for art and culture in Japan from fiscal year 2011 to 2020

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Release date

April 2020



Survey time period

fiscal year 2011 to 2020; the Japanese fiscal year starts on April 1 of the stated year and ends on March 31 of the following year

Supplementary notes

1 Japanese yen equals 0.0095 U.S. dollars or 0.0079 euros as of September 2020.
Figures have been rounded.

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