Dispute-settling committee rejects Okinawa’s request for review regarding Henoko relocation

February 18, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Regarding the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma from Ginowan to Henoko, Nago, Okinawa, the Committee for Settling National-Local Disputes, an independent body that is part of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, ruled at its fourth meeting on February 18 to dismiss a request for review made by the Okinawa prefectural government.

The committee determined that the national government’s suspension of efficacy of the prefectural government’s revocation of the permit to reclaim land along the coast of Henoko did not constitute intervention on the part of the national government.

The committee thus dismissed the case summarily without engaging in substantial deliberations regarding whether the national government’s action was unlawful.

Meanwhile, Okinawa governor Denny Tamaki commented, “It’s very unfortunate that they did not accept our argument, but the rescission of the land reclamation permit is still in effect.

I’ll put forth every effort to attest to its legitimacy.”

(English translation by T&CT and Sandi Aritza)

Go to Japanese


Previous Article:
Next Article:

[Similar Articles]