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FY2022 budget for Okinawa to fall below 300 billion yen

  • December 23, 2021
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All national papers wrote that Finance Minister Suzuki and Okinawa Affairs Minister Nishime agreed yesterday that the central government’s budget for economic development in the island prefecture in the next fiscal year will be 268 billion yen ($2.35 billion), down more than 10% from this year and the lowest figure in a decade. “Lump-sum grants” that the prefectural government can use at its discretion without the central government’s guidance will also be slashed by 21.9 billion yen ($192 million) from this year to 76.2 billion yen ($667 million).


Asahi speculated that the reductions are aimed at shaking the political foundation of Governor Tamaki, who is expected to seek reelection next autumn, quoting a Kantei source as saying: “The cutbacks should be taken as the administration’s message that Okinawa cannot expect financial support from the central government during Tamaki’s governorship.” According to Mainichi, the governor voiced regret at the cutbacks by telling the press yesterday: “I don’t think that the budget, which is intended to promote Okinawa’s economic development following the 50th anniversary of its return to Japan’s administration next year, will satisfy the wishes of Okinawans.”

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