Nago Mayor criticizes Japanese government for resuming marine boring survey in Henoko

Nago Mayor criticizes Japanese government for resuming marine boring survey in Henoko

At Nago mayor's office on March 12, Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine criticized the Japanese government, saying, "The government is acting according to their convenience."

March 12, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Defense Bureau has resumed a marine boring survey as part of offshore construction work for the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to the Henoko district of Nago. On March 12, Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine spoke to the press. Inamine said, “The Japanese government has hailed former Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima’s approval of the Henoko landfill as gospel. Why is the government acting so unreasonably as to ignore the current governor’s opposition against the construction?” He added, “The Japanese government is acting for their own convenience. What is going on in Okinawa?” Inamine strongly criticized the Japanese government for forcing through the Henoko landfill by ignoring Okinawan people’s will, manifested in the gubernatorial election.

Concrete blocks, which the Okinawa Defense Bureau installed to secure floats and buoys, have damaged coral at several locations in the temporary restricted area of Oura Bay, Nago. The Okinawa Prefectural Government asked to enter into the area to investigate the case, however, the U.S. military rejected the request, saying the investigation hinders the operation of U.S. Marine Camp Schwab. Referring to this, Inamine said,” The bureau is carrying out offshore operation in the area. Why did the U.S. military claim the prefectural government’s investigation would hinder its operation?” He added, “The U.S. military appears to be preventing the Okinawa Prefectural Government from carrying out its investigation.”

(English translation by T&CT)

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