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Kono’s dedicated aircraft plan likely won’t fly with taxpayers

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After Cabinet ministers completed their annual year-end budget negotiations, Foreign Minister Taro Kono said his ministry’s focus is on “ashikoshi yosan,” which may translate as “mobility budget.”

Foreign Ministry officials use this uncommon term to refer to expenses for routine diplomatic activities, such as travels on official business and events at diplomatic missions abroad.

“Amid the current fiscal constraints on such expenditures, I would like to visit more countries and participate in more meetings abroad,” Kono said.

For that, he proposed that the government buy a dedicated airplane for use by the foreign minister.

“Just a small aircraft would do, and it doesn’t even have to........

© The Asahi Shimbun