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Henoko construction to continue regardless of permit expiration

  • April 1, 2017
  • , Asahi, Mainichi, Yomiuri
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Saturday morning’s Asahi, Yomiuri, and Mainichi reported that the central government is determined to go ahead with the construction work for Futenma relocation even though the Okinawa prefectural government’s permit for crushing rock reefs off Camp Schwab expired on Friday. The papers quoted Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga as saying on Friday that the construction will continue. Yomiuri projected that once the installation of underwater fences to prevent the spread of dirt is completed, the Defense Ministry is likely to begin bank protection work in mid-April. The dailies stressed that Okinawa Governor Onaga will probably revoke the landfill permit and may consider filing a new lawsuit calling for an injunction to halt the planned construction. 

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