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Okinawa prefecture puts off decision on design change to Futenma relocation plan

  • April 21, 2022
  • , Okinawa Times, Ryukyu Shimpo
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Ryukyu Shimpo and Okinawa Times reported that the Okinawa prefectural government said in a written response to Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism Saito on April 20 that it was unable to reach a decision by April 20 on whether to approve the design change related to the construction of the Futenma replacement facility in Henoko, Nago. The papers reported that the prefecture also sent a letter to Prime Minister Kishida requesting the suspension of the construction work and dialogue between the central government and Okinawa. Ryukyu Shimpo reported that MLIT is expected to further press the prefecture for approval by issuing a legally binding “corrective order” as a countermeasure. The paper wrote that even if the GOJ nullifies the prefecture’s disapproval and obtains approval for the design changes, it will take approximately 12 years to complete the construction. The daily added that the closure and return of MCAS Futnema remains uncertain. 

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