Defense Ministry Counters Okinawa's Move to Block Base Plan

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Tokyo, Oct. 17 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese Defense Ministry took steps on Wednesday to counter Okinawa Prefecture's withdrawal of approval for landfill work necessary for the relocation of a U.S. military base within the southernmost prefecture.

The ministry's Okinawa Defense Bureau filed a request for a review of the prefectural government's move to block the relocation, under the administrative complaint review act.

Along with the request, the bureau filed a petition for a pause to invalidate the withdrawal until a decision is made on the request.

Land minister Keiichi Ishii accepted both the request and the petition.

The latest moves by the central government is likely to provoke a backlash from Okinawa people, following the landslide victory by Denny Tamaki, who opposes the base relocation, in the closely watched Okinawa gubernatorial election last month.

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