The government hopes to slash public works spending by 10 percent in fiscal 2002 and abolish the system of earmarking certain tax revenues for the construction and maintenance of the nation’s road system, outlining the strategy in a basic policy plan for the fiscal 2002 budget.

The policy draft, prepared in line with Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi’s budgetary reform initiative, said the government plans to “overhaul the current arrangements for setting aside certain tax revenues exclusively for road construction.”

Unable to view this article?

This could be due to a conflict with your ad-blocking or security software.

Please add japantimes.co.jp and piano.io to your list of allowed sites.

If this does not resolve the issue or you are unable to add the domains to your allowlist, please see out this support page.

We humbly apologize for the inconvenience.

In a time of both misinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more crucial than ever.
By subscribing, you can help us get the story right.