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Naha budget woes will require deep cuts

Date Posted: 2005-01-27

A change in the Japanese national system for local budgets is impacting on local Okinawa communities.

Naha City, faced with changes dictated by the new Trinity Reform plan from Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, is finding itself having to dig deep into its bank accounts to find money to operate. The financial difficulties are sufficiently severe that Naha City is now examining its payroll and finding it may have too many assembly members.

There are 44 City Assembly members in Naha, with an average payroll cost of Ą11,140,000 per person. That’s more money than the City says it can afford. Vice Chairman of the Assembly, Hiroshi Chinen, says “we definitely need to cut the number of members. Even other big cities don’t have 44 members. Now it is time to cut.”

Communist Party leader Chosho Wakugawa disagrees. “No, no. The citizens need us. If we cut the Assembly, we cannot work very well. We need to give good service to citizens.” Another leader, Naoshi Uezato, says “we can hear citizen voices even if we cut the number of members. We have to organize the work. It is not the number of Assembly members (that is important)”.

Other Socialist Party leaders are against the proposed reductions, even though they don’t have any solutions on where to get the needed money from. The Naha City leadership says they now must figure how to pay the Assembly, if it is to stay as currently configured.

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