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“Sympathy budget” funded construction of “mysterious” factory on U.S. base

  • July 21, 2017
  • , Asahi
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Asahi reported on an alleged USG document that was illegally disclosed by Edward Snowden, noting that some $6.6 million in Japanese taxpayer money was spent for constructing at Yokota AB in 2004 a plant for the manufacture of antennas used in electronic intelligence collection in Iraq, South Korea, and Central America. The daily delved into the allegation that was reported in late April by the U.S. Internet news site “The Intercept,” speculating that the factory’s construction may have been funded from the “sympathy budget,” part of which is allocated for “facilities improvement projects.” The article wrote although the GOJ tries to examine the need for Japanese financial support for each proposed project, it sometimes is not able to turn down U.S. requests for financing certain items.

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