• Chatan, Okinawa


The Nov. 1 Kyodo article “¥1.4 billion in islet funds in limbo” discusses the question of the use of previously donated funds for the purchase of three of the Senkaku Islands by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government in the wake of Gov. Shintaro Ishihara’s resignation and the need to decide on the use of the funds by the end of this fiscal year (ending March 31, 2013).

According to the article, donations are still being accepted, although the central government has already purchased and nationalized the three islands. None of the donors has asked for a refund, apparently.

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