Municipalities across Japan have been offering a range of novel financial aid measures to help those engaged in cultural and artistic endeavors ride out the coronavirus pandemic.
While the sector is usually considered a low priority for public support, it has been particularly wounded by the social distancing steps aimed at thwarting the spread of the virus. Such measures are preventing performances and causing the loss of audiences and customers.
The city of Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, has set aside part of its fiscal 2020 extra budget to support the training of geisha.
Other such programs in the country range from subsidizing online streaming events as alternatives to live performances to producing television programing that features local artists.
The Kanazawa Municipal Government has provided ¥240,000 ($2,240) each to support the training of 38 individual geisha. The municipality does not require them to submit receipts for their expenses…
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