Okinawa Defense Bureau selects companies to design the landfill site in Henoko

April 2, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Defense Bureau has selected the companies it will commission to build a replacement base in Henoko, Nago, for U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. The defense bureau previously issued an advertisement for bids on this project. These works include research on the animals and plants within the area of the planned air base, and the design of the landfill. The defense bureau will commence work after coordinating with the companies. Defense officials have said that they will achieve the relocation plan “as soon as possible”. Despite the opposition from Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine, the government intends to begin carrying out the plan.

The companies chosen by the defense bureau will carry out the works such as the material procurement, the research on the animals and plants within the land area, and those within the water area, the environment conservation and the design of the landfill. Prior to the construction of the alternative base, the defense bureau is considering moving the animals and plants within the planned site, including Camp Schwab. It will also record the current condition of the geology and topography of the area. In addition to these works, it will design the details of the reclamation work. The companies have until November to complete plans on material procurement, research on the animals and plants within the land area and environmental protection. The deadline for the landfill design and the research on the animals and plants within the water area is March next year.

(English translation by T&CT)

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