Governor Onaga announces a third lawsuit over Henoko land reclamation
January 19, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo
Last month, the Committee for Settling National-Local Disputes dismissed the Okinawa prefectural government’s request for a review. The Okinawa prefectural government had requested that the Committee review the appropriateness of the Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLITT)’s decision to suspend execution of Governor Takeshi Onaga’s nullification of the permit to reclaim land in Henoko, Nago. On January 19, Governor Onaga held a news conference at the Okinawa Prefectural Office and announced the Okinawa prefectural government’s intention to file a lawsuit with the Naha district branch of the Fukuoka High Court against the Japanese government. Governor Onaga explained that the Committee dismissed Okinawa’s request without making any substantial determination about the legality, or lack thereof, of the MLITT’s action. The lawsuit will constitute a formal objection to the Committee’s decision.
A protest suit objecting to the Committee’s decision must be filed within thirty days of the Committee’s notification of decision. The Okinawa prefectural government will put together an official statement of objection during the next week or two, and the lawsuit will most likely be filed between February 1 and 3. This will be the third concurrent lawsuit between the Japanese national government and the Okinawa prefectural government regarding Governor Onaga’s nullification of the land reclamation permit.
(English translation by T&CT and Sandi Aritza)
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