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Finance Minister Masajuro Shiokawa said Tuesday he wants to strengthen the government’s review of the use of budget money in fiscal 2003 as a Cabinet-wide initiative.

“The results of the implementation of funds have not been clear,” Shiokawa told reporters in the Diet building, saying the planning and “do” parts of the budget process pose no problem.

“We will strengthen the ‘see’ (review) part in the fiscal 2003 budget,” he said.

The Finance Ministry carried out its first review on the implementation of the nation’s budget in fiscal 2002. But Shiokawa said he wants the government to implement the review in a “systematic structure within the Cabinet” in fiscal 2003, which begins in April.

The ministry will begin work on that once the proposed fiscal 2003 budget is passed by the Diet around March, he said.

An 81.79 trillion yen budget for fiscal 2003 was submitted to the Diet last week.

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