Almost all Nago citizens oppose reclamation proposal

Almost all Nago citizens oppose reclamation proposal

On November 7 at Nago City Hall, Mayor Susumu Inamine explained the views of Nago citizens.

November 8, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 7, the Nago City Office revealed that 99 percent of 2,500 public comments they had received were opposed to the reclamation proposal to move U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to Henoko in Nago. The Japanese government has applied to the Okinawa Prefectural Government for permission to reclaim land off Henoko.

In a meeting that day, Mayor Susumu Inamine mentioned that statements opposing the reclamation plan accounted for the vast majority of public comments. He said, “I do not think that Governor Nakaima can ignore such a level of opposition. We want to encourage him to say no to the reclamation plan.”

The Nago City Office invited people to submit statements of opinion until the end of October. The office intended to take these into account when giving the mayor’s opinion, which the prefectural government has requested be filed by November 29. Among the public comment, opinions in favor of the reclamation project numbered just a dozen or so. Mayor Inamine explained that the majority of the people’s comments reflected concern about destruction of the natural environment, negative impact on the living environment, aircraft noise and the danger of crashes. He said, “The comments reflect the opinions of those living around Camp Schwab, where the new base is scheduled to be constructed.”

(English translation by T&CT, Lima Tokumori and Mark Ealey)

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