Japan asks Supreme Court to dismiss Okinawa’s appeal against ruling made by Fukuoka High Court on Henoko lawsuit

Japan asks Supreme Court to dismiss Okinawa’s appeal against ruling made by Fukuoka High Court on Henoko lawsuit

The U.S. Marine Camp Schwab and Oura Bay where the Japanese government launched reclamation work (Photograph taken on October 29, 2015)


October 28, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa prefectural government recently appealed the Naha branch of the Fukuoka High Court’s ruling that Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga’s cancellation of approval to reclaim land in Henoko, Nago City was “illegal.” The Japanese government submitted written opinions to reject the Okinawa prefectural government’s appeal on October 21. It is extremely rare for the Japanese government to turn in written opinions while the Supreme Court is in the process of determining whether or not it will hold a session on a lawsuit.

The Japanese government submitted two written opinions on Okinawa’s appeal. According to the person involved, both of the written opinions follow what the central government has been claiming, supporting the ruling made by the Naha branch of the Fukuoka High Court.

In an appeal lawsuit, the party with a claim that is being appealed, does not usually turn in documents until the supreme court decides whether or not it will hold a brief session on the case and then requests a written response.

A person involved in the Okinawa prefectural government said, “The Japanese government has submitted documents that the Supreme Court did not demand. It appears that they are really pressed for time.”

(English translation by T&CT)

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