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Onaga to reject transplant of coral reefs to block FRF construction

  • August 24, 2016
  • , Okinawa Times , p. 1
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This morning’s Okinawa Times front-paged the disclosure by an unnamed Okinawa prefectural government official that Governor Onaga may choose not to authorize the central government’s plan to transplant coral reefs from waters to be reclaimed for FRF construction to other locations in a bid to derail the Futenma relocation initiative. The transplant is necessary to protect the coral reefs. The Okinawa leader is exploring this option in case he loses an ongoing lawsuit with the Abe administration over the legality of his rescindment of the landfill permit. With the goal of derailing the FRF project, the governor may also look into the possibility of not renewing the existing permit for demolishing rock reefs along the shore of the Henoko district, which will expire in March next year. 

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