Japanese government allocates over 400 million yen for preventing US military-related crimes

August 26 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Japanese government approved the second additional appropriation for the fiscal 2016 in a Cabinet meeting. The appropriation for Okinawa-related items was 17.6 billion yen. The government allocated 410 million yen for a “Patrolling Party for Okinawa Community Security,” which was set up in the wake of the rape and murder of a woman by a U.S. military contractor.

The patrolling party has drawn controversy because some of its members are in charge of removing citizens protesting against construction of a new U.S. base in Henoko and Marine Corps helipads in Takae.

The government has allocated 17.6 billion yen to Okinawa-related projects such as upgrading work on ports and airports in order to increase the number of foreign tourists coming to Okinawa and as countermeasures against natural disaster. In addition, the government appropriated 4.82 billion yen towards the improvement of the academic research environment of the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) and for public investment subsidies to promote Okinawan economy.

(English translation by T&CT)

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