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  • December 14, 2018
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NHK and TV Asahi led with comprehensive reports on the start of earth-pouring operations at the Henoko landfill site this morning, with video footage of the reclamation site and fierce protests being staged outside the gate of Camp Schwab and at sea. Governor Tamaki was quoted voicing “strong indignation” at a news conference at the government’s decision to start pouring earth despite his appeal to Defense Minister Iwaya and Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga yesterday. Iwaya and Suga were quoted as telling reporters that Henoko relocation remains the only way to reduce Okinawa’s base-hosting burden while maintaining deterrence. Iwaya reportedly also admitted that the plan to return MCAS Futenma by 2022 is now at a “difficult stage.” All other TV networks gave prominent coverage to this “critical” development in the Henoko relocation process, predicting heightened tensions between Tokyo and Okinawa over this issue. 


TBS, NTV, and Fuji TV led with the Yokohama District Court’s sentencing of the suspect in a prominent road rage case in June 2017 to 18 years in prison on charges of dangerous driving resulting in death and injury.

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