Sources revealed on Aug. 25 that the Cabinet Office’s budgetary request for fiscal 2017 will total 2.9577 trillion yen. The figure is an increase of 88.5 billion yen from 2.8692 trillion yen for the initial request for fiscal 2016. The Cabinet Office will place priority on the budget for policies to which the cabinet of Prime Minister Abe has made strong efforts. It requested 84.5 billion yen for the budget slot for promoting priority issues.
In order to promote measures for women’s empowerment and to counter the falling birthrate, the Cabinet Office has requested 2.3021 trillion yen, aiming at “realizing a society that enables the dynamic engagement of all citizens.”
In addition, the office has requested 123.9 billion yen for revitalizing regional economies and communities and promoting national strategic zones, 51.8 billion yen for promotion of scientific technology innovation policy, and 19.9 billion yen for space development and use of strategic promotion.
Meanwhile,, the budget for Okinawa economic development was decreased by 14 billion yen to 32.1 billion yen. The drop apparently is aimed to keep a check on Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga, who has been at odds with the central government over the relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps’ Futenma Air Station. (Slightly abridged)