Editorial: Gov’t responsible for settling state-Okinawa clash over U.S. base relocation

Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga has recently announced that he would “retract” the approval for landfill work off the coast of Henoko given by his predecessor Hirokazu Nakaima.

The “revocation” measure taken by Onaga the last time was based on possible defects in procedures taken by the state before the approval was given, whereas the grounds for the “retraction” Okinawa will be seeking this time are changes to the state of affairs after the reclamation work was approved.

The prefectural government is considering making a case for the retraction based on the problem of the state continuing the work at the site despite the fact that it has not applied for the renewal of permission for fracturing work on reef rocks, which expired at the end of March, as well as on the violation of terms set by the previous governor at the time of the landfill work approval.

Source: The Mainichi

 

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