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Defense Ministry requests design changes to Futenma relocation plan

  • April 22, 2020
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All national dailies wrote that the Ministry of Defense filed a request on Tuesday with the Okinawa Prefectural Government to change the design of the Futenma replacement facility at Henoko to reinforce the soft seabed in the landfill area. Defense Minister Kono told reporters on Tuesday that the GOJ will steadily move forward with the construction work to remove the danger at Futenma as early as possible by relocating it. Nikkei wrote that the Okinawa Prefectural Government is set to reject the GOJ request, quoting Governor Tamaki as saying that he cannot accept the central government’s attempt to unilaterally move forward with the construction. However, when asked whether he approves of the request, Tamaki simply said that he will deal with the matter carefully based on the law.

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