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New Okinawa minister holds first talks with governor

  • August 10, 2016
  • , Asahi, Mainichi, Yomiuri, Nikkei, Sankei, Tokyo Shimbun
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Tuesday evening’s Nikkei wrote that Minister for Okinawa and Northern Territories Affairs Tsuruho visited Okinawa on Aug. 9 for the first time since he assumed the current post early this month and held talks with Governor Onaga. The minister told the governor that he will do his utmost for the development of Okinawa. In response, Onaga called on the minister to secure government funding for Okinawa in the fiscal 2017 budget. The governor also asked the minister to make efforts to reduce the base-hosting burden on the prefecture.


However, this morning’s Mainichi, Yomiuri, and Sankei wrote that when he talked with reporters after his meeting with the governor, Tsuruho indicated the possibility of cutting government spending for Okinawa development in fiscal 2017 from the fiscal 2016 level. The minister said that it is necessary for the GOJ to review whether the same amount of money is necessary for next year. Mainichi noted that Prime Minister Abe promised former Governor Nakaima in December 2013 that the central government would provide Okinawa with a budget at the 300 billion-yen level every year through 2021.


Nikkei wrote that Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga is scheduled to hold talks with Governor Onaga at the Kantei today. Onaga will probably seek an explanation from the central government about its budget plans for Okinawa in fiscal 2017 because the chief cabinet secretary has indicated the possibility of reducing government spending for the prefecture if Tokyo’s dispute with Okinawa over Futenma relocation continues.


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