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Tuesday, 17th May 2011
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Second quake budget to be delayed until August

Japanese prime minister Naoto Kan has said that the second emergency budget to fund post-quake reconstruction efforts will not be ready until August at the earliest.

The ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) had planned on securing approval from the Diet for the second budget by the end of the current legislative session, which runs until June 22nd, Kyodo News reported.

Mr Kan told the Diet: "We will consider (how to craft the budget) based on local opinions."

The budget is expected to exceed 10 trillion yen (£75 billion) and the country's lawmakers remain divided over how best to raise the necessary funds.

Meanwhile, InsideJapan Tours' founder Simon King has underlined the importance of tourism to the country's fledgling recovery.

"It is important for us to get people over to Japan; we have always been confident that the majority of Japan was safe to travel to and that our clients’ enjoyment of their trip would not be compromised," he said in an interview with Travel Mole.

To date, InsideJapan Tours has raised over £22,000 for earthquake reconstruction following on from the March 11th natural disasters.

Written by Mark Smith

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