The Tokyo Metropolitan Government on Thursday announced that bureaus requested 6.8 trillion yen in the general account in the fiscal 1998 budget, up 2.1 percent from the previous year and far exceeding the metro government’s upper limits amid financial constraints.

Despite an earlier order to bureaus to sharply reduce requests by reviewing all projects “without any sanctuaries,” the government will still have to trim some 140 billion yen from the requests, officials said. The metro government suffered a budget shortfall of more than 220 billion yen in fiscal 1996.

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