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Politician seeks PM help in stopping Naha City land sale

Date Posted: 2009-12-24

An economic crisis forced Naha City to give up plans to build a new City Hall in Omoromachi District, but a House of Councilors representative wants to block the city from selling the land to developers.

Shokichi Kina is at odds with Naha City’s mayor, whose Liberal Democratic Party is now the opposition. Mayor Takeshi Onaga wants to sell the city land to help refill the city’s coffers, but residents are demanding a stop to construction development in Omoromachi. A mainland development company has already bought the land from the city, and has begun preliminary construction work creating new business facilities, but residents and politicians want the whole deal struck down, saying Naha City sold the land at too cheap a price.

The matter’s in litigation, and groups are suing arguing that Naha City should get a better deal. They’re insisting the city “not bring the business area and sell the land at a higher price, at the same level like residents who paid more.” Kina says Naha City’s plan “is not a good idea.” He promises to “ask our boss, Prime Minister Yuko Hatoyama, because he’s the one person who can say 'stop the construction work’ or he can say ‘change the plan’”. Kina says he’ll take the issue to Hatoyama, and seek relief for Omoromachi residents.

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