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GOJ to bypass prefectural government when providing subsidies to Okinawa towns

  • December 22, 2018
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All Saturday morning papers reported that the GOJ has come up with a mechanism to circumvent the Okinawa prefectural government when providing subsidies to local municipalities in a bid to deepen bonds with local cities and towns. In compiling the FY2019 budget, the central government decided to maintain the same level of funding for economic development of the island prefecture, but the portion of the budget that the prefectural government is authorized to use freely was reduced. Mainichi speculated that the Abe administration is anxious to highlight Tokyo’s strong commitment to Okinawa’s economic development ahead of the referendum on Futenma relocation on Feb. 24 and a special by-election to select a Lower House member on April 21.

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