On November 17th, the Okinawa Promotion and Development Council, a government panel, met at the Cabinet Office. At the meeting, the council’s expert body submitted a written opinion based on its evaluation of the government’s Okinawa promotion and development packages over the past 50 years.
According to the opinion, Okinawa has been enjoying an economic turnaround helped by the central government’s expansion of its Okinawa promotion and development budget since 2012. At the same time, it noted that the income level of the prefecture remains much lower than the nation’s average level. Other topics included child poverty. In addition, it also called on the government to help Okinawa reuse the vacated sites of U.S. military bases and consider funding for that purpose.
At the council, Okinawa Minister Yoji Tsuruho said, “We will make efforts so that local people can enjoy better economy and better everyday life.”