But the opposition, the Democratic Party of Japan (not to be confused with Aso's own party, the Liberal Democratic Party), has long derided the project, calling it a "national manga cafe" and a waste of money. Now DPJ adviser Hirohisa Fujii, who is expected to become the minister of finance if the DPJ takes power in the upcoming election for the House of Representatives, has said it outright: if the DPJ comes into power, they will scrap funding for the so-called "anime hall of fame." From the Mainichi:
"It's dirty. Why are such funds needed for the emergency economic package?" said Fujii. Clearly stating that he would stop budget funds being used for the center if his party takes power, Fujii promised to transfer the funds to unemployment measures as well as nursing and medical care in the second supplementary budget.
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