Breaking news: Okinawa loses Henoko lawsuit

Breaking news: Okinawa loses Henoko lawsuit

Lawyers representing the Okinawa prefectural government enter the courthouse at 1:41 p.m. on September 16 at the Naha branch of the Fukuoka High Court in Naha City


September 16, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

At 2 p.m. on September 16, presiding judge Toshiro Tamiya handed down a verdict in a lawsuit brought by the Japanese national government against the Okinawa prefectural government over Okinawa governor Takeshi Onaga’s cancellation of a permit to reclaim land in Henoko, Nago City. In filing the lawsuit, the national government argued that it was illegal for Governor Onaga not to obey a “rectification order” by the government demanding that he undo the cancellation of the permit. Judge Tamiya accepted the government’s argument and ruled it illegal for Governor Onaga not to abide by the rectification order.

Oura Bay and Camp Schwab at Henoko, Nago, where the governments of Japan and the United States plan to build a new U.S. airfield.

Oura Bay and Camp Schwab at Henoko, Nago, where the governments of Japan and the United States plan to build a new U.S. airfield.

This ruling was the first to be made by a court in relation to the Henoko base construction issue. The ruling will inevitably impact future discussions concerning the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. The Okinawa prefectural government plans to appeal the ruling, whereupon the legal battle over the permit cancellation will be brought to the Supreme Court.








(English translation by T&CT and Sandi Aritza)

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