[Extra] OPG lodges complaint regarding disputed landfill for new US base

November 2, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Government has lodged a complaint with a third-party panel, the Committee for Settling National-Local Disputes, which is set up by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, regarding the land minister’s decision to invalidate the Okinawa Governor’s revocation of landfill in Henoko, Nago, where the governments of Japan and the United States plan to relocate U.S. Marine Corp Air Station Futenma,

Governor Onaga stated at a news conference held on the afternoon of November 2, at the prefectural government, “I want the Committee for Settling National-Local Disputes to conduct a fair and independent review.” He criticized the land minister’s decision, saying,”It is impossible for the land minister to judge against the national government’s decision on the Henoko relocation plan. The land minister’s decision to stop the revocation of the landfill lacks a fairness and neutrality that the Administrative Appeal Act requires.”

(English translation by T&CT)

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