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Court rejects Okinawa’s demand for GOJ to withdraw order to approve Henoko coral transplantation

  • February 4, 2021
  • , Okinawa Times, Ryukyu Shimpo
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Okinawa Times and Ryukyu Shimpo reported on their front pages on the decision on Wednesday by the Naha branch of the Fukuoka High Court to reject the Okinawa Prefectural Government’s demand that the minister of agriculture, forestry, and fisheries withdraw his order to the prefectural government to accept the Okinawa defense bureau’s request for permission to harvest coral reefs for transplantation to areas outside the planned landfill area at Henoko. Although the prefectural government claimed that the order constituted illegal intervention by the central government, the presiding judge reportedly said the local government’s disapproval of the GOJ request is outside of its discretion. Governor Tamaki told reporters that the court decision is unacceptable because it significantly limits local autonomy.

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