The Adachi Ward assembly has passed an ordinance to deal with the growing problem of “gomi yashiki” (houses that are filled with garbage or unused items), which are public eyesores and health menaces.
The new regulation, the first of its kind in Japan, gives the municipal office the authority to force residents to remove all the garbage. If they agree to dispose of their garbage but cannot afford the cost of removal, Adachi Ward would provide a maximum of 1 million yen for support, NTV reported.
If residents refuse to clean up their mess, the ward can forcibly dispose of the garbage.
The ward will also provide mental and health care services since many of the “gomi yashiki” owners are elderly or have some sort of mental disability, psychologists say.
"By cleaning up these homes, we can make our neighborhood a better place and people might decide to live there longer," a ward spokesman said when asked about the use of taxes to implement the regulation.© Japan Today