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Okinawa Minister takes a dim view of Awase project

Date Posted: 2009-10-08

Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism and Minister of State for Okinawa Seiji Maehara listened to appeals from Okinawa City’s mayor that the Awase Tidelands Project needed to continue, but didn’t seem too enthused about lending any support to the central Okinawa city.

Okinawa City Mayor Mitsuko Tomon emphasized “this first district construction work is needed for making Okinawa City stimulus, and at the same time make a great combined effect for Okinawa City’s downtown development”, but Okinawa Hokkaido Develop Minister Maehara reminded her “the first district construction will be discontinued and the second district construction canceled.” He added, though, that “I still want to wait until October 15th to see what the court’s judgment will be for this Awase Tidelands.”

Tomon said “we want to at least get the first district construction done,” but Maehara countered “It looks like it’s making more debt for citizens, and the profit would be much lower than expected.” He asked the mayor “What is the priority to use citizens’ tax money. It’s better to think about priorities and the citizens’ opinions. Do they want to spend their tax money for this construction?”

Okinawa City is pressing for authorization to complete the first project, while Tomon was the one who killed the second district zone planning. Maehara says he agrees, and “I will follow her. That means the second district will see no more construction work; the project is canceled.”

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