Sunday, September 1, 2013

14% funds boost eyed to sway Okinawa | The Japan Times

The Cabinet Office is seeking ¥340.8 billion in the fiscal 2014 budget to promote economic development in Okinawa Prefecture, hoping it will help persuade the prefecture’s leaders to sign off on the plan to move the U.S. Futenma air base to a less populated area.

The funding request is 13.6 percent higher than the amount approved for fiscal 2013.

Okinawa Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima and other local leaders, including Atsushi Sakima, the mayor of Ginowan, which hosts Futenma, visited Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo on Friday.

Nakaima thanked Abe for the sizable budget request.

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Comment: Wow! I guess now, right after they have the O'Sake party to celebrate their new found wealth, they might have just enough money to cut the weeds and remove some of the debris from along the highway.

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