Governor’s landfill permit approval riles Naha City

The Naha City Assembly has adopted a written protest against Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima’s approval of reclamation work needed to build a substitute facility for the Futenma Marine Corps Air Station.

Nakaima’s decision goes against a request that the prefecture’s 41 city, town and village governments submitted to the central government in January last year demanding the cancellation of the plan to relocate Futenma from Ginowan City  to the Henoko coastal district in Nago, where the substitute facility will be built.   The decision, announced late last month, also is incompatible with Nakaima’s promise to demand the base’s move out of the prefecture and similar statements to the prefectural assembly, the newly adopted document said, urging Nakaima and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to give up the current relocation plan.

The Okinawa Prefectural Assembly is also planning to hold a meeting in the near future to hear Nakaima’s explanations of his landfill permit.  Speaking to reporters, Nakaima said he hopes to explain his decision to the prefectural assembly in the near future.