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GOJ to allocate smallest budget for Okinawa development in 10 years 

  • December 5, 2021
  • , Yomiuri
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Sunday’s Yomiuri wrote that it has learned from a GOJ source that the government is planning to allocate less than 300 billion yen ($2.7 billion) for Okinawa’s economic development for the first time in 10 years in fiscal 2022. The paper speculated that Governor Tamaki’s continued opposition to the Futenma Air Station’s relocation to Henoko is behind the reduced spending on Okinawa. The governor directly asked Prime Minister Kishida in November to maintain the budget above 300 billion yen. However, resistance to Tamaki has grown within the GOJ and the ruling coalition following his rejection late last month of the Defense Ministry’s application to alter the design for the construction at Henoko after the discovery there of a soft seabed.  

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