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Agriculture minister suspends rescindment of permit for coral reef transplantation

  • August 6, 2021
  • , Okinawa Times, Ryukyu Shimpo
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The two major Okinawa papers front-paged a decision made by the agriculture minister on Thursday to heed the Okinawa Defense Bureau’s plea for a temporary stay of the withdrawal by the Okinawa governor of a permit to transplant coral reefs off the coast of Camp Schwab for the FRF construction. The decision will allow the bureau to resume the transplantation, although it will probably not do so until next week because there are two typhoons approaching the island prefecture. The minister will reportedly continue to examine the case as the bureau has separately requested that the rescindment of the permit be completely nullified. The prefectural government may be tempted to bring the matter to court to seek a ruling that cancels the administrative step taken by the agriculture minister. The dailies criticized the cabinet member’s decision as representing ‘cronyism” within the Suga administration, asserting that the two GOJ agencies have worked together closely in proceeding with the force realignment initiative despite strong local opposition.

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