Government appeals Okinawa governor’s revocation of landfill at Henoko

October 14, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the morning of October 14, the Ministry of Defense filed an appeal with the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism against Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga’s revocation of permission for landfill needed to build a new U.S. base in Henoko, Nago, as a replacement for U.S. Marine Corp Air Station in Ginowan. Based on the Administrative Appeal Act, the Ministry of Defense asked for suspension of the validity of the governor’s revocation.

The work required to review the suspension will end in about one week. If the Ministry of Land accepts the appeal from the Ministry of Defense, the governor’s revocation of the reclamation permit will lose its effectiveness.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said at a news conference held on the morning of October 14,”The Ministry of Defense has reviewed the reasons the governor had revoked the former governor’s approval of landfill. It found, there was no flaw in the former governor’s approval.”

(English translation by T&CT)

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