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Nago seeks new subsidies as “compensation” for prolonged FRF construction 

  • March 16, 2022
  • , Okinawa Times
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Okinawa Times wrote that Nago Mayor Toguchi is calling for the Defense Ministry to establish a new subsidy program for the municipality since the current generous allowances connected to the U.S. force realignment are expected to expire in 2031. The municipal leader is reportedly seeking a firm commitment from the ministry to set up a new scheme while he is still in office since the completion of the FRF project off Camp Schwab is highly likely to be delayed well into the mid-2030s due to the need for extensive engineering work to reinforce the soft seabed in the vicinity. As the overall amount of the current subsidy program is already fixed, Toguchi is anxious to secure funding to cover the years beyond 2031 until the construction is complete. “Local residents will suffer more as a result of the prolonged construction,” said an unnamed senior city government official. “We want new benefits to compensate for this.”        

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