Henoko land reclamation expenses expected to reach 2.5 trillion yen

Henoko land reclamation expenses expected to reach 2.5 trillion yen

Land reclamation area off the coast at the U.S. military’s Camp Schwab. October 31, Henoko, Nago (Aerial photograph captured by drone)


November 29, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo


Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki disclosed November 28 that during intense budget negotiations with the Japanese government, officials said the construction costs for land reclamation activities in Henoko, part of the new base construction for the relocation of MCAS Futenma, has expanded to 2.55 trillion yen.


The total cost of the levee construction is now 10 times that of the original budget, and the Ministry of Defense (MoD) disclosed in a budgetary planning document that the cost of land reclamation is also going to be 10 times that of the original 240 billion yen.

Furthermore, the budget for the expansion of MCAS Iwakuni also increased due to construction costs for improving infirm ground and for transporting additional sand and dirt from outside Okinawa.


The total construction time has also been indicated as 13 years; 5 years for land reclamation, 5 years for improving soft ground, and three years for facility construction after land reclamation is complete.

The Prefectural Office has demanded that the Japanese government explore policies other than the relocation to Henoko, stating, “Are we really going to continue with the plan that not only will not remove the danger of MCAS Futenma as soon as possible, but now will also cost over two trillion yen?”


The relationship between the construction costs and Okinawa’s budget is an approximated hypothesis to reinforce Okinawa’s claim, and not a public inquiry.


(English translation by T&CT and Sam Grieb)


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