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DM Iwaya announces temporary suspension of earth loading operation for Henoko landfill

  • December 4, 2018
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NHK reported at noon that Defense Minister Iwaya announced at a news conference this morning that the loading of earth onto ships in preparation for reclamation work in waters off Henoko scheduled to start on Dec. 14 has been suspended temporarily due to a complaint from the Okinawa government that it has not received the legally required notification for this operation. Iwaya said that the suspension is for the purpose of “verifying the facts” and that any issues that are found will be resolved in order for the reclamation work to move forward as soon as possible. Meanwhile, Okinawa Governor Tamaki claimed that since the prefectural government has confirmed that the loading operation was taking place illegally, Iwaya’s response was a matter of course.

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