Nago mayor criticizes government for starting demolition work to build new air base
July 3, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo
At a regular press conference on July 2, Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine criticized the Okinawa Defense Bureau for starting demolition of existing facilities in the U.S. military base Camp Schwab in Henoko, Nago, to build an alternative facility for U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. Inamine said, “The government aims to show that the relocation plan is progressing well.”
The Nago Mayor said that he had not received a detailed explanation from the Okinawa Defense Bureau. However, the government has now revealed information about the start of construction.
In the mayor’s view, the government is showing off that the relocation is progressing well after the Okinawa governor’s approval of the landfill application.
The mayor stressed that he would move to stop the main construction work for relocating the Futenma air station, using laws and regulations.
Referring to a temporary restricted sea area that the governments of Japan and the United States have set to prohibit fishermen from entering at all times, the mayor pointed out, “The water area is provided for the use of U.S. Military exercises. It lacks legitimacy to expand the restricted area for landfill.”
(English translation by T&CT)
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