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The Democratic Party of Japan’s election manifesto calls for a complete review of large public works projects that fail to respond to the needs of the day, specifically calling for a halt to construction of Kawabe Dam in Kumamoto Prefecture and Yanba Dam in Nagano Prefecture.

A year ago the Kumamoto governor called on the government to cancel the Kawabe project. After the DJP won in the Aug. 30 Lower House election, the land and infrastructure ministry postponed a public tender to select a contractor for Yanba Dam construction, which was scheduled to start in October.

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