Saturday, February 23, 2013

Metro government’s Senkaku donations gathering dust | The Japan Times

The ¥1.48 billion that the Tokyo Metropolitan Government collected in donations to buy and maintain the Senkakus is just lying idle, waiting to be used, after the central government nipped in to snag the disputed islets in September.

Money began pouring from last April after Tokyo’s hawkish governor at the time, Shintaro Ishihara, said the metropolitan government would purchase three of the islets from their Saitama owner. China and Taiwan also claim the uninhabited cluster in the East China Sea.

But then-Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda’s administration beat Ishihara to the punch and bought the islets in mid-September. The metropolitan government’s account for receiving donations was officially closed Jan. 31.

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Comment: Well, the right thing to do would be to give the money back to the people who donated it but, we're talking about the government and does anyone out there really believe they will do the right thing? That would be like asking a junkie to give back a dose of heroin!

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