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Japan Enacts a Revised Water Supply Act to all for-profit PPPs

Despite the mounting evidence of the problems of public-private partnerships (PPPs), private concessions, or other forms of turning public water utilities into profit machines for private corporations, the pro-market national government of Japan snuck in a legislative provision to do just that. PSI supports Jichiro, Zensuido and allies opposing water privatisation bill in Japan.

The government has begun the privatization of seven Hokkaido airports

The government has begun the privatization of seven Hokkaido airports, which it wants to complete by 2020. “In addition to the seven airports in Hokkaido, the Japanese government is also looking to privatize Fukuoka Airport and Kumamoto Airport on Kyushu, the southernmost of Japan’s main islands; as well as Hiroshima Airport, which is located on Honshu, the central main island.”

Source: www.infrastructureinvestor.com

Osaka municipal subway operations have gone private

Osaka municipal subway operations have gone private. “Former Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto worked on the privatization project but was unable to get it done during his tenure. His successor, Hirofumi Yoshimura, completed the project after winning the Osaka Municipal Assembly’s approval following his proposal that all shares in the new company be owned by the Osaka Municipal Government.”

Source: The Japan Times

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