Okinawa Again Sues State to Block Henoko Landfill for U.S. Base

Politics

Naha, Okinawa Pref., March 22 (Jiji Press)--The Okinawa prefectural government sued the Japanese government again on Friday to block landfill work at the Henoko coastal area for a planned U.S. base.

This is the sixth lawsuit between the prefectural and central governments over the Henoko base project to transfer the functions of Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Ginowan, also in the southern prefecture.

In the latest claim, filed with the Naha branch of Fukuoka High Court, the Okinawa side alleges land minister Keiichi Ishii's recent decision to suspend the prefecture's recancellation of its initial approval for the landfill work was illegal.

The prefectural government took the action after a third-party body under the internal affairs ministry rejected its request to scrutinize the minister's decision.

Seeking a solution to the base issue through dialogue with the central government, Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki on Tuesday urged Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in person to drop a plan to place soil into a new section off the Henoko coast on Monday, as well as to accept talks with the prefecture side.

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