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MOFA’s FY2019 budget to exceed 700 billion yen for first time in three years

  • December 14, 2018
  • , Sankei , p. 5
  • JMH Translation

At the Dec. 13 joint meeting of the Liberal Democratic Party’s Foreign Affairs Division and Research Commission on Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) explained the status of its negotiations with the Ministry of Finance regarding the fiscal 2019 budget. It reported that it expects a minimum of 404.2 billion yen will be appropriated for “strengthening diplomacy,” including fleshing out the “free and open Indo-Pacific” concept. The MOFA fiscal 2018 budget is 397.5 billion yen. It looks like the initial budget for MOFA will exceed 700 billion yen for the first time in three years.

 

Some 25.7 billion yen will be earmarked for expenses related to the G20 summit that will be held in Osaka next June. Expenses for entertaining foreign heads of state and others attending the ascension ceremony for the Crown Prince next year will be lowered from the 8.53 billion yen stated in the budgetary request to 5.1 billion yen by reducing the number of court banquets to introduce the new emperor to the public and simplifying the style.

 

Some 5.7 billion yen have been secured to improve external communications with an eye to enhancing the international community’s understanding of Japan’s policies and initiatives.

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