Court Rejects Okinawa's Claim against Minister's Base Decision

Society Politics

Naha, Okinawa Pref., Oct. 23 (Jiji Press)--Fukuoka High Court's Naha branch dismissed on Wednesday the Okinawa prefectural government's claim against the land minister's decision on the construction of a U.S. military facility in the southern Japan prefecture.

In the lawsuit, the prefecture side claimed that it was illegal for the minister in April to invalidate the prefecture's cancellation in August last year of its earlier approval for landfill work in the Henoko coastal area in Nago.

The Okinawa government filed the lawsuit after a third-party panel under the internal affairs ministry in June rejected its request to review the ministerial decision.

At a court hearing in September, Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki argued that true local autonomy could not stand if the national government is allowed unilaterally to override decisions by local authorities.

Over the same matter, the prefecture has filed another lawsuit against the state, under the administrative case litigation law.

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