A transportation white paper has called for upgrading infrastructure to revitalise regional economies and secure livelihoods as the recession deepens.

The annual Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry paper said 64% of 4,000 people aged 20 or older aired concerns about their futures an online survey in November and December.

Based on the findings, the ministry stressed that it is necessary to upgrade transport systems and road networks and promote a barrier-free society to spur the stagnant economy.

Japan Times