• Jiji


Okinawa Prefecture still needs state-backed programs for its development even half a century after its May 1972 return to Japan, Keiichi Inamine, a former governor of the prefecture, said in a recent interview.

“Various costs are high on the main and other islands of the prefecture (compared with other parts of the country),” Inamine, 88, said, adding that Okinawa development programs will continue to be “absolutely necessary.”

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