Okinawa to Take New Step to Block U.S. Base Relocation


Naha, Okinawa Pref., July 19 (Jiji Press)--The Okinawa prefectural government will begin this month procedures to withdraw its approval for landfill work necessary for a planned U.S. base relocation in the southernmost Japan prefecture, it was learned Thursday.

The prefecture will shortly conduct a hearing with the Defense Ministry's Okinawa Defense Bureau as the central government plans to start earth-filling work as early as Aug. 17 at a planned U.S. military base site in the Henoko coastal district in the Okinawa city of Nago.

The U.S. Marine Corps' Futenma base in the Okinawa city of Ginowan is to be relocated to the Henoko site.

Asked whether the prefectural government will start the procedures by the end of this month, Okinawa Deputy Governor Kiichiro Jahana said, "That's right."

In March last year, Governor Takeshi Onaga vowed to withdraw the approval, given in 2013 by his predecessor, Hirokazu Nakaima.

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