Costs for Chartered Flights for Japan Foreign Minister to Grow 6-Fold

Politics

Tokyo, Dec. 24 (Jiji Press)--Japan's Foreign Ministry has earmarked 420 million yen to cover costs for chartered flights for Foreign Minister Taro Kono, under the government's fiscal 2019 draft budget, instead of funds for buying an aircraft for the minister, who is actively flying around the world on diplomatic trips.

The amount for the coming fiscal year starting next April is up six-fold from the level set aside under the initial budget for fiscal 2018. Kono is still eager to procure a plane dedicated for use by him.

Kono, who took up the foreign portfolio in August 2017, will have visited 61 countries and regions during the tenure, including his ongoing tour of three North African nations--Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria--through Saturday.

At a press conference on Friday, Kono stressed the significance of boosting the chartered flight spending, citing difficulties using commercial flights for travel to some regions.

At the same time, however, he said, "It would be advisable to procure a dedicated plane in light of ensuring the confidentiality of information and making business trips more effective."

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