Okinawa Times led with the disclosure by several informed sources that Governor Onaga is expected to hold a press conference on Friday to announce his plan to withdraw the landfill permit for FRF construction off Camp Schwab. As a first administrative step toward rescindment, the prefectural government is likely to schedule a hearing to allow the Naha Defense Bureau make its own case. The bureau reportedly dismissed “administrative instructions” yesterday given by the prefectural government last week to halt the FRF construction operation immediately by arguing that there is no need to do so. The governor is reportedly aiming to finalize administrative procedures for the rescindment of the landfill permit issued by his predecessor by Aug. 17 when the bureau is set to begin pouring sand and earth into waters off the U.S. base.
In a related story, Ryukyu Shimpo projected that the planned landfill work off Camp Schwab may not be able to start on Aug. 17 as planned due to foul weather. According to the article, preparations for the landfill work at the construction site have been repeatedly disrupted lately because there have been four typhoons in the vicinity this month alone.