The government has decided to reduce financial assistance for the development of Okinawa Prefecture for the second straight year, apparently over the anti-U.S. military stance of the Okinawa governor, sources said.

The funding is widely viewed as “apology” money to alleviate the prefecture’s burden of hosting the bulk of U.S. military facilities in Japan.

The assistance will be under 310 billion yen ($2.74 billion) for fiscal 2018, a drop of more than 40 billion yen from the peak of 350.1 billion yen in fiscal 2014 under the Abe administration.

The financial assistance was worth 315 billion yen in fiscal 2017.

The funding has declined since Takeshi Onaga was elected Okinawa governor in 2014. He has opposed the relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Ginowan to another part of the prefecture.

The Cabinet Office asked for an increase in the assistance to 319 billion yen in the fiscal 2018 budget draft. Onaga sought a return to the 340-billion-yen level seen in fiscal 2016.

Despite these requests, the government decided to further reduce the funding.

Officials close to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the reduction “cannot be helped” because “there is no new notable project under way.”

In 2013, the Abe administration decided on a policy to maintain the annual financial assistance at around 300 billion yen through fiscal 2021 in hopes of winning Okinawa people’s support for the air station relocation.