Tokyo-Naha Standoff Continues before Start of Landfilling off Henoko

Politics

Tokyo, Dec. 13 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese central and Okinawa prefectural governments remained apart over the construction of a U.S. base in Nago on Thursday, one day ahead of the planned start of landfill work off the Henoko coastal district of the city in the southern Japan prefecture.

During his meeting with Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga in Tokyo, Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki demanded that the soil placement work be canceled.

But Suga turned down the request, saying Tokyo will proceed with the reclamation work "as planned" from Friday.

"Okinawa people will voice their tremendous anger" if the central government starts filling in the sea with soil, Tamaki said.

Meanwhile, Suga stressed the need to construct a replacement facility for the U.S. Marine Corps' Futenma air base, located in a densely populated residential area in Ginowan, saying that the government "can't neglect the danger of the base."

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