Japan Top Court Favors Closed Isahaya Bay Gates

Society

Tokyo, June 27 (Jiji Press)--Japan's Supreme Court rejected appeals Thursday by fishermen against two lower court rulings ordering the government not to open the gates of the Isahaya Bay dike, which was built in a state reclamation project in Nagasaki Prefecture.

With the dismissal, agreed unanimously by all four justices on the Second Petty Bench, the rulings for the two lawsuits filed by fishermen from Nagasaki and the neighboring Saga Prefecture were finalized. Claiming that the project caused the fishing environment in the Ariake Sea to deteriorate, the plaintiffs had called on the government to open the gates.

It is the first time for a court ruling on whether to open the gates in southwestern Japan to be finalized by the Supreme Court.

The top court decision is seen affecting the outcome of talks between the government and affected fishermen.

One of the lower court rulings was made by Fukuoka High Court in September 2015.

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