Okinawa Governor Onaga signals cancellation of Henoko landfill approval
July 30, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo
At a symposium held in the Chuo district of Tokyo, Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga talked about an advisory panel reporting to have found legal flaws in the former governor’s approval of landfill in Henoko, Nago. Onaga said, “I strongly believe that I will never let construction of the U.S. military base happen. From that view point, I need to attach weight to legal validity in the judgement made by the advisory panel.” Onanaga answered a question from writer Masaru Sato.
Onaga also answered a question about proposals to relocate U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to Kadena Air Base and Shimojishima Airport. Onaga said, “Okinawan people cannot make a contradictory decision. It logically does not make sense that if the Henoko relocation is unacceptable, Okinawan people then ask to relocate Futenma base to Kadena or Shimojishima.
At the symposium, Onaga delivered a keynote speech. Asahi Shimbun senior staff writer Hiroshi Hoshi facilitated a panel discussion. Administrative director of the Japan Research Institute Jitsuro Terashima, Sato, senior fellow of the Tokyo Foundation Noboru Yamaguchi, and governor Onaga had a heated discussion.”
(English translation by T&CT)
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