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Residents call on prefecture to revoke permission to use Oku port for Henoko construction

  • November 29, 2017
  • , Okinawa Times, Ryukyu Shimpo
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Ryukyu Shimpo and Okinawa Times ran front-page reports saying that representatives of the 174 residents of the Oku district in Kunigami Village called on the Okinawa prefectural government on Tuesday to immediately revoke permission for use of Oku Port to transport materials for the ongoing bank protection work at Henoko. The residents insisted that the port’s involvement in the construction work has a grave impact on the local community because the use of the port runs counter to the will of their community. The papers wrote that the prefectural government is caught in a predicament over the issue because the local residents are not convinced by the prefecture’s explanation that it had no choice but to grant permission from a legal point of view. The papers also wrote that local residents are becoming increasingly distrustful of Governor Onaga, who has pledged to use every possible means to prevent a new base from being constructed at Henoko.

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