Tokyo, Dec. 3 (Jiji Press)–Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga is planning to visit Okinawa Prefecture on Dec. 21 and 22 to see the burned-down Shuri Castle in the southern Japan prefecture’s capital of Naha, Jiji Press learned on Tuesday.
Suga aims to help accelerate efforts to rebuild the castle, in line with opinions of people in Okinawa, government sources said.
He is also expected to have talks with related local figures on an Okinawa prefectural assembly election slated to take place next June.
Shuri Castle, which was destroyed by fire early on Oct. 31, is an “extremely important structure” for the people of Okinawa, Suga told a press conference on Tuesday.
“We’ll make efforts with responsibility to rebuild the castle as soon as possible, while listening to local voices,” the top government spokesman said.
On Monday, the government held a Suga-chaired meeting of related ministers on rebuilding the castle.
At the meeting, the government decided to launch a panel of experts who will make technical advice on the matter. The panel will be set up at the Cabinet Office’s Okinawa General Bureau in Naha.