Tokyo pledges economic assistance to Nago amidst government funding reduction

BY JULIAN RYALL

Japan Correspondent

TOKYO — Tokyo has pledged to provide significant economic assistance to the Okinawan city of Nago, which hosts the U.S. Marine Corps Camp Schwab, as work continues to expand the facility ahead of the closure of Futenma Air Station.

The extra financial assistance to the city government coincides with Tokyo announcing that it will reduce funding provided directly to the prefectural government for the second consecutive year.

The assistance — often seen as “apology money” paid to the prefecture as compensation for hosting the majority of the U.S. forces stationed in Japan — will fall below . . .

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