Governor Onaga says suing by Japanese government reminiscent of “bayonet and bulldozers” under US occupation

Governor Onaga says suing by Japanese government reminiscent of

At a news conference held at the prefectural government building on November 17, Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga expressed his view on the lawsuit filed by the Japanese government to override his revocation of landfill permission for a new U.S. base.


November 17, Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga said at a news conference held at 5:30 p.m. on November 17 that the Japanese government suing to override his revocation of a landfill permit to build a new U.S. base in Henoko “reminded us of the forcible expropriation of land for the construction of U.S. bases by bayonet and bulldozers” that was carried out by the U.S. occupation forces. Onaga stated, “We will prove that our side is right in the court.”

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga has repeatedly said at news conferences that “an administrative decision has been made [by former governor Hirokazu Nakaima].” Governor Onaga refuted Suga’s remarks, saying, “The governor has the authority to approve and revoke landfill permits. I have done nothing that allows the government to accuse me of an illegal act because I have revoked the approval of the landfill permit lawfully.”

(English translation by T&CT)

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