Half a century after Okinawa returned to Japan, the prefecture’s economy has benefited from key infrastructure projects funded by the central government and designed to encourage local business investment and tourism. But local leaders are pushing for the prefecture to become more economically self-sufficient over the next decade and believe a reduced US military base presence can help achieve that goal.
On Sunday, the 50th anniversary of Okinawa’s return to Japanese rule, a broad economic plan for the next decade was presented by the prefecture to Prime Minister Fumio Kishida. The central government is expected to review the plan and respond later this month.
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