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The government announced Sept. 19 that it will allocate 1 billion yen to promote employment-related projects in Okinawa Prefecture as part of a package to help placate local concerns over U.S. military bases.

The decision was made by a government panel on policies on Okinawa, headed by Chief Cabinet Secretary Kanezo Muraoka. During a meeting of the panel, Muraoka, concurrently in charge of Okinawa-related issues, said matters pertaining to the prefecture continue to be high on the agenda of the new administration of Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto, established last week.

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