Saito speaks on Shuri-jo rebuild, other issues

November 2 , 2019

Saito meets with press on Nov. 1Saito meets with press on Nov. 1

On November 1, Tetsuo Saito, secretary general of Komeito, spoke to reporters on the catastrophic fire that recently destroyed Shuri-jo castle, the historic center of the Ryukyu Kingdom from the 15th to the 19th centuries and historical icon for Okinawans today. Describing the razed castle as a timeless “symbol” of Okinawa’s political and cultural identity, Saito expressed a profound sense of loss and a strong commitment to its earliest possible reconstruction. He called for prompt government support in the rebuilding effort by allocating funds through the fiscal 2020 supplemental budget. Komeito has officially made the request to Kazuyoshi Akaba, Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism and Komeito member.