The Transport Ministry will ask for 1.2 trillion yen in the government’s general-account budget for fiscal 2000, up 1.09 percent from the initial budget for the current fiscal year, ministry officials said Thursday.

It will request 711 billion yen for public works, including 51 billion yen for an expansion project at Kansai International Airport and 29 billion yen for construction of Chubu International Airport, planned to open in 2005 on a man-made island in Ise Bay.

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