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Okinawa calls for hefty GOJ spending on economic development

  • August 3, 2022
  • , Okinawa Times, Ryukyu Shimpo
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Okinawa Times and Ryukyu Shimpo reported on a meeting between Okinawa Governor Tamaki and Okinawa Affairs Minister Nishime in Tokyo on Tuesday during which the governor asked that the central government earmark at least 320 billion yen ($2.4 billion) for local economic development in the FY2023 budget. Tamaki also reportedly called for an increase in the special lump-sum grant for economic revitalization that has been reduced in the past several years, continued financial support for discounted expressway tolls, an accelerated study on the introduction of railway services, and the extension of reduced jet fuel taxes for planes using local airports as part of COVID business relief for the tourism industry. The cabinet member reportedly promised to make utmost efforts for local economic development. Okinawa Times claimed, however, that the Kishida administration has little intent to increase the budget for the southernmost prefecture

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