People walk through Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo on July 29, 2022.
Tokyo CNN  — 

Japan is offering to pay families to move out of its overcrowded capital, in an effort to revitalize countryside towns and boost the falling birth rate.

Starting in April, families in the Tokyo metropolitan area, including those headed by single parents, will be eligible to receive 1 million yen ($7,700) per child if they move to less-populated areas across the country, according to a spokesperson from the central government.

The incentives apply to children aged under 18, or dependents 18 and over if they’re still attending high school.