High Court Rejects Okinawa's Appeal over U.S. Base Relocation
Naha, Okinawa Pref., Dec. 5 (Jiji Press)--A Japanese high court on Wednesday backed a lower court's rejection of a petition from the Okinawa prefectural government to block the central government's work to relocate a U.S. Marine Corps base within the southern Japan prefecture.
The prefectural government claimed that it is illegal for the central government to proceed with the relocation work in the Henoko coastal area in Nago, without obtaining the prefecture's permission for reef destruction there.
At the Naha branch of Fukuoka High Court on the day, Presiding Judge Masamichi Okubo ruled that the prefecture's petition is inappropriate for a lawsuit, in line with the position taken by Naha District Court in March.
The high court branch dismissed the prefecture's claim that a court ruling can settle the dispute between the prefecture and the state over the reef destruction issue.
It stopped short of judging whether the prefecture's permission is necessary for reef destruction in the relocation work, as insisted by the prefecture side.
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