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The Cabinet said Tuesday that ¥346.0 billion will be earmarked for Okinawa’s economic development in the budget for fiscal 2014, up 15.3 percent from the initial allocation for the current fiscal year and even more than the requested ¥340.8 billion.

The rare move to provide more than the requested amount is aimed at coaxing Okinawa Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima into approving offshore fill work to start for building a new U.S. Marine Corps air base in a coastal area of Okinawa’s main island in line with an agreement with the U.S.

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