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Tokyo governorfs motorbike race at Miyake to cut off flights to island
A motorbike race planned in Tokyofs Miyakejima Island at the initiative of Tokyo Governor Ishihara Shintaro will cause the islandfs airport to close on October 18, and the islanders are increasing their criticism at the plan to shut down the public transport systems due to this event.
The motorbike race is scheduled for October 17 through 19, and the Tokyo Government and Miyakejima will provide 200 million yen.
After the Tokyo Metropolitan Governmentfs request for the use of the airportfs runways for a 400-meter short track bike race, the All Nippon Airways decided to cancel its flights on the day.
However, in last yearfs event, the number of participants was fewer than 200, in spite of the metropolitan governmentfs use of 265 million yen on promoting it, showing that the event did not help in the recovery of the islandfs economy from the volcano eruption.
The Japanese Communist Party Tokyo assembly membersf group demanded that the race be called off and that genuine relief for the island be provided.
- Akahata, October 16, 2008
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