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Henoko reclamation work to start in June following victory of gov’t-backed candidate in Nago election

  • February 6, 2018
  • , Yomiuri , p. 1
  • JMH Translation

The Nago mayoral election, in which the central issue was whether to condone the relocation of the Futenma Air Station (in Ginowan City, Okinawa), took place on Feb. 4 and former city assembly member Taketoyo Toguchi, 56, (independent, endorsed by the Liberal Democratic Party, Komeito, and Nippon Ishin [Japan Innovation Party]) defeated the anti-relocation incumbent Mayor Susumu Inamine, 72, (independent, endorsed by the Democratic Party, the Japanese Communist Party, the Liberal Party, and the Social Democratic Party, and supported by the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan) to win his first term as mayor. The government now plans to proceed with the relocation process. It will start reclamation work in the coastal area of Henoko, Nago, as early as June.

 

Projected schedule of Henoko relocation-related events

 

March 13, 2018

District court rules on Okinawa Prefectural Government’s lawsuit seeking an injunction on the construction work

As soon as June

Start of reclamation work at the relocation site

Sept. 27*

Nago City Assembly election

Dec. 9*

Gubernatorial election

Late October, 2020

Main construction work, including reclamation, expected to be completed

After FY22

Completion of relocation process and return of Futenma base

*Actual dates not yet decided; dates here indicate the end of term of office.

 

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