The central government has filed a fresh lawsuit against Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga’s revocation of permission for landfill work in the Henoko district of Nago City. In this connection, the Okinawa government has asked the Naha branch of the Fukuoka High Court to allow Gov. Onaga and a representative to state their opinions. The request will likely be accepted. At the first oral argument on Aug. 5, Onaga and the representative are likely to insist on the legality of Onaga’s revocation of permission and seek a full trial.
On July 26, Isao Takeshita, who heads the Okinawa legal team, said: “We have received an unofficial reply indicating that the court will grant approval.” (Slightly abridged)