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GOJ to allocate more than 300 billion yen for Okinawan development budget

  • August 11, 2017
  • , Nikkei , p. 4
  • JMH Translation

The government began making arrangements on Aug. 10 to allocate more than 300 billion yen for the development of Okinawa in its budget for fiscal 2018. The move is aimed at showing consideration for Okinawa and taking measures to reduce the prefecture’s base-hosting burden in a bid to successfully relocate Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to the Henoko district in Nago City. The central government will continue to hold discussions with the prefecture on the details of the allocation toward the end of the year.

 

Minister of State for Okinawa and Northern Territories Affairs Tetsuma Esaki met with Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga in Tokyo on the same day to discuss the fiscal 2018 budget. Onaga requested a budget of over 300 billion yen and Esaki replied, “I’ll try to secure the necessary budget.” The central government reduced the fiscal 2017 budget for Okinawan development by roughly 20 billion yen from the previous year to 315 billion yen. Onaga also called for the reduced amount to be restored.

 

In 2013, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe indicated his intention to secure more than 300 billion yen every year for the development of Okinawa until fiscal 2021. Some in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) say that the government should accept Okinawa’s request for the fiscal 2018 budget as well in light of the mayoral election of Nago City scheduled for February 2018.

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