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Nago to receive hefty subsidies from Tokyo

  • February 7, 2018
  • , Yomiuri
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Nikkei wrote that the GOJ is likely to increase its subsides for the Nago municipal government in Okinawa by several billion yen in a bid to support newly-elected Mayor Toguchi, who defeated in Sunday’s mayoral race the anti-base incumbent Inamine, who will step down tomorrow. While serving as mayor for the past eight years, Inamine refused to accept central government subsidies for U.S. force realignment totaling  some $125 million on account of his rejection of the FRF initiative off Camp Schwab. The GOJ will probably make up for the lost amount by increasing the subsidies by several billion yen annually so that the new municipal chief can fulfill his campaign pledge to revitalize the local economy toward Tokyo’s ultimate goal of thwarting anti-FRF Okinawa Governor Onaga’s reelection bid in the autumn.        

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