Nago Mayor dismisses the idea of accelerating construction of the new U.S. military base in Henoko

Nago Mayor dismisses the idea of accelerating construction of the new U.S. military base in Henoko

Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine dismissed the idea of accelerating construction of the new U.S. military base in Henoko, at Nago City Government Office on May 12.


May 12, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Japanese government plans to begin within a year building a new U.S. military base in Henoko to replace U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine addressed media gathered at the City Government Office on May 12. He said he opposed the plan because the city government have not yet reached necessary agreements with the Okinawa Defense Bureaue on how the Henoko Fishing Port will be used to carry out landfill and construction.

Inamine criticized the Japanese government for accelerating construction of the base.

The bureau filed 16 application documents to use the fishing port – an area they plan to control from next July.

The bureau claimed a reply deadline of May 12, without legal basis. They intend to move forward with the plan if the city government does not reply after the deadline.

However, the city government responded with the request for the bureau to fix documents with missing detail.

Inamine firmly stated that the Japanese government, Japan’s top administrative authority, has no grounds to file the flawed documents. He said, “I have no idea what is going to happen.”

(English translation by T&CT)

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