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Transport Minister Chikage Ogi recently sparked a row over a key part of the nation’s future infrastructure plans when she suggested a review of the roles of Haneda and Narita airports.

Ogi, 67, an Upper House member who heads the New Conservative Party, assailed the Transport Ministry’s decades-old sacred cow by saying changes are needed regarding Tokyo’s Haneda airport, which mainly handles domestic fights, and Narita airport in Chiba Prefecture, the metropolitan area’s international flight hub.

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