Okinawa and Japan to coordinate use of Shuri Castle reconstruction donation funds

Okinawa and Japan to coordinate use of Shuri Castle reconstruction donation funds

On February 6 at the Prefectural Office Governor Denny Tamaki (left) and Mayor Mikiko Shiroma answer questions from the press after the interview.

February 6, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 6, Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki and Naha City Mayor Mikiko Shiroma held an interview at the Prefectural Office and confirmed that the Okinawa prefectural government will coordinate with the central government toward allocating donations for the reconstruction of Shuri Castle, contributed from both within and outside of Okinawa, to the development of facilities within the castle such as the main temple building.
As of February 5, donations contributed from both within Japan and abroad have amounted to about 1.366 billion yen. Mayor Shiroma has come out with a policy of entrusting donations collected within Naha City to the Okinawa prefectural government.

After the interview, Governor Tamaki said to the gathered press, “We would like Okinawa’s citizenry to be the core of handling the reconstruction of Shuri Castle, in the way entrusted to the prefecture and Naha City (the donations)”. In terms of whether the restoration of Shuri Castle will become a joint venture with the central government, and in terms of the specific methods by which the restoration will be done, such as if facilities will be handled one-by-one, Governor Tamaki simply said, “There are various speculations; I look forward to discussing with the central government”.

(English translation by T&CT and Erin Jones)

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