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Okinawa leader may use administrative authority to block base construction

  • October 19, 2016
  • , Okinawa Times
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Okinawa Times gave top coverage to the finding that Governor Onaga is seriously looking into the possibility of using his administrative authority with the goal of thwarting base construction off Camp Schwab by not renewing an existing permit to destroy rock reefs, not allowing the central government to transplant coral reefs, and refusing to approve changes to the original construction design. The prefectural government has reportedly concluded that these steps would have a considerable impact on the construction work. The local government has also examined other options, such as the governor refusing to accept a GOJ notification on transporting materials and equipment to be used for landfill from the Japanese mainland. However, these options were reportedly judged ineffective in thwarting the construction. 

 

In an accompanying piece, the daily said the governor is determined to block the present relocation plan at all costs even if the Supreme Court rules against him in the ongoing lawsuit with the central government regarding the landfill permit. The paper added that some prefectural government officials are calling for a local referendum to remind Tokyo of the strong opposition to the current relocation plan.    

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