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Responding to criticism over wasteful spending, Kagoshima Gov. Yuichiro Ito said Wednesday he would include about 300 prefectural residents in his plan to dispatch 1,000 officials to Shanghai for training for the sake of maintaining the city of Kagoshima’s Shanghai flight route, which has seen a large decline in passengers.

“Maintaining the flight service, which brings ripple effects from the Chinese economy (to Kagoshima), is indispensable to the growth and development of prefecture,” Ito told the prefectural assembly. “Based on the opinions that residents should also be able to participate in the program, I want them to visit Shanghai.”

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