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AKB48 event spending prompts review of Okinawa development budget

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I think Okinawans have more to complain about than the US military, which is propping up their economy to pay for garbage like this

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Keep the masses distracted with concerts while politicians send the economy down the drain

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I think Okinawans have more to complain about than the US military, which is propping up their economy to pay for garbage like this

What's even worse is that the event was cancelled the day before it was scheduled because of the potential of bad weather. So all the money spent, went for an event that never happened. No rescheduling, rain-date, nothing.

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can't imagine much to do there for 8000 geeks.

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If Akb 48 want to hold an even some where they should pay for it them selfs, no government money should be spent on a trivial event.

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@Andrew Crisp…. exactly in Japan as everywhere…. concerts, fireworks, sports…. pity is, it works….

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bread and circuses it was ever thus, I guess….

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I think Okinawans have more to complain about than the US military, which is propping up their economy to pay for garbage like this

You living back in the 60's? The Okinawan economy would be just fine without the bases, folks who think otherwise are living in the dark ages. There are plenty in the US Military itself who are ignorant of this as well and there are some that still come here thinking they are better than the people here, not as bad as it used to be, but still the arrogance exists.

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been to Okinawa recently? booming, it is now a spot the local place.

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Yay, what a country! We get crap like AKB8 (payed for with OUR TAX MONEY) while the elite gut the middle class even more and the "Brazilification" of Japan continues apace. You have to laugh or cry...

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There you go, preeps! Money given by the government in part for housing the US bases goes to government priorities there, like AKB. How about cutting next year's budget by however much they wasted on the concert, for starters, and second hold it ALL back until they actually EARN the money by hosting and not complaining?

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You living back in the 60's? The Okinawan economy would be just fine without the bases, folks who think otherwise are living in the dark ages.

Okinawa's economy is not fine even now.

Do the math yourself. Like every other prefecture in Japan, Okinawa deficit-spends heavily to pay for it's operations, and like every other prefecture (except Tokyo), consumption and revenues continue to decrease. Look at Okinawa's GDP (among the lowest in Japan), and subtract US military spending, then look at the remainder.

Being one the poorest regions in Japan, every yen or dollar which Okinawa can draw in is vitally important. Unless Abe and the LDP plan to replace the US military presence with Japanese troops, which is unlikely, given the extreme cost, Okinawa will indeed see a deep reduction in it's GDP.

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I detest akb48 crap, BUT if this truly did draw about 8000 punters to Okinawa, the COST works out to Y3,500 per punter........

Assuming the # of punters & the spend are roughly correct, I don't see how Okinawa could do wrong FINANCIALLY speaking if a Y3,500 spend = 1 Visitor from out of prefecture, CLEARLY is a win for Okinawa Financially!!

Musically etc, it is of course a complete wash!

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Why not invest the 28,000,000 yen into advertising and drawing in more tourists?

According to my tour guide friend it is .......booming

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Is it true that this event was cancelled, as one of the posters mentioned? The article here doesn't mention that. Sounds like the Okinawan Prefectural Government should have considered contracting with a third party organization to negotiate the contract for the event (performance/talent fees, production, etc). Japanese love to make contracts but then change what's in the contracts or re-interpret what they mean after the fact, so probably pointless anyway.

Point being, you wouldn't just decide to spend 28 million yen in securing a location, putting together all the staff, production, logistics, advertising, etc and then pray everything works out. There's a contract, and there are clauses in the contract. Whether the artist decides to cancel within a certain time frame, act of God, etc - it's all in there and it's all negotiable BEFORE both parties sign off on it.

This would lay solely at the feet of whoever signed their name on the contract on behalf of the Okinawan Prefectural Government - find that person, and thank them for being an incompetent.

As for the poster who said if AKB want to hold an event, they should pay for it. This AKB nomination event is not forced on anyone. They don't role up to a venue with a dozen of tractor-trailers in tow, hundreds of staff and a contract for the proprietor to sign/stamp. People, organizations, committees, etc seek out these events, same as when they want to book an artist on tour - to make money. And when one of the parties involved in the contractual process is obviously incompetent at their job, the other contracting party can take advantage of it. The Okinawan Prefectural Government got exactly what it deserved.

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Or give the total budget to the people of Okinawa. That's 545,000 yen per household. That money goes right back into the eonony.

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Err... the event was cancelled because of storms. it didn’t even go ahead!

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Bugger, posted before completion:

http://www.tokyohive.com/article/2017/06/akb48s-general-election-canceled-due-to-bad-weather-in-okinawa

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eing one the poorest regions in Japan, every yen or dollar which Okinawa can draw in is vitally important. Unless Abe and the LDP plan to replace the US military presence with Japanese troops, which is unlikely, given the extreme cost, Okinawa will indeed see a deep reduction in it's GDP.

Do you actually know what is gong on here in Okinawa? Or do you make comments based upon what you read on Google?

Poorest regions? You have no idea the ranking of the economy of Okinawa. Now you are going to "google" it to fine out and low and behold...it certainly isnt what you think. Good luck in trying to justify your comments now.

THe LDP has no plan to "replace" anything, so please quit with the insinuation.

Is it true that this event was cancelled, as one of the posters mentioned? The article here doesn't mention that.

Yes it's true, and yes the article does not mention it, but it was cancelled, and a ton of money was lost in the process. Hence the "investigation".

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Yubara said, "....the Okinawan economy would be just fine without the bases, folks who think otherwise are living in the dark ages...."

Do you honestly think the Okinawans who are getting land lease money from the U.S. military bases will continue getting their money from the Japan after the U.S. leaves?

And what will those people used to those nice land lease payments do when the gaijin golden goose is gone?

I have relatives in Okinawa who own land that the U.S. military is leasing and receiving nice annual payments. They are in no hurry to kick the U.S. military out. But they worry when the U.S. leaves, what will replace the income?

Of course Gov. Onaga is probably counting on Chinese tourism and investment to make up the shortfall.

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