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Kadena Town to cover part of school lunch costs

Date Posted: 2010-05-14

The Kadena Town Office is wrestling with ways to use subsidy money to cover 50% of school lunch costs for parents with elementary and junior high school students.

It is the first municipality to tackle the potentially expensive project. Kadena Town also wants to provide free medical costs to children until age 15, and to provide support for buying textbooks and notebooks. Parents in Kadena Town are expressing pleasure at the town’s decision.

Kadena Town has subsidy money because it hosts Kadena Air Base. Still public finance has been controversial, yet Kadena Town’s mayor says “we do have money to go 50% on subsidy money.” The school lunch subsidy budget is ¥28 million. Each elementary school student pays ¥3,800 and each junior high school student ¥4,300 per month, half the actual cost for the meals.

Free medical care began last year, and the Kadena Town Office has given ¥18,000 to each family with elementary school children. The new central government headed by the Democratic Party of Japan has stopped plans to give children’s money, so Kadena Town decided to go ahead with the program on its own.

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