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Subsidy money still gridlocked by Henoko agreement issue

Date Posted: 2007-08-17

Billions of yen in subsidy money earmarked for Okinawa won’t be coming unless the Okinawa Prefecture and local officials agree to an assessment letter issued by the Ministry of Self Defense.
The central government in Tokyo has decided at a cabinet meeting that “the Ministry of Self Defense can stop giving the subsidy money at all, or can reduce (the amount) if Japan and American military reorganization operations continue to encounter hindrances.” Yuriko Koike, the Self Defense Minister, had earlier warned Okinawa that “If the Prefecture and Nago City refuse to accept the assessment paperwork, we’ll not give you the money at all.”
At issue is ¥10 billion established for Okinawa development in the 2007 budget, provided the airfield relocation project at Henoko proceeds smoothly. Both the Prefecture and Nago City have refused to accept the assessment letter regarding transfer of Futenma Marine Corps Air Station from Ginowan City to Camp Schwab in northern Okinawa.

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