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Onaga to argue order to rescind Henoko landfill permit cancellation “unconstitutional”

  • August 2, 2016
  • , Okinawa Times , p. 1
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The Okinawa government submitted to the Naha Branch of the Fukuoka High Court on Aug. 1 its refutation and first preparatory document for the lawsuit to confirm the illegality of the cancellation of the Henoko landfill permit. To the national government’s claim that Governor Takeshi Onaga’s refusal to comply with the Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism Keiichi Ishii’s order [to rescind the cancellation] is illegal, Okinawa is arguing that “the order was beyond the minister’s power and was unconstitutional.” It is asking that the court case be dropped and a solution be sought through dialogue. The first hearing in this case is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on Aug. 5 at the Naha Branch. Onaga will be present to make a statement.

 

Okinawa is also asserting that Okinawa’s failure to file its own court case is not illegal since it is abiding by the decision of the Central and Local Government Dispute Management Council not to rule on the legality of the land minister’s order, criticizing the national government’s lawsuit for lack of understanding of the judicial system for confirmation of illegality. It is demanding the case be dropped.

 

The Okinawa government announced on Aug. 1 that it has requested the examination of eight witnesses in court, including Onaga and a number of experts. (Abridged)

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