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Awase landfill project proceeds, opponents regroup

Date Posted: 2001-07-21

Regarding the popular vote to question whether or not the reclamation project of the Awase tideland scheduled to begin in August should be proceeded, Okinawa City assembly held a special meeting on Monday.

The meeting started at ten o’clock in the morning with questions and discussion. The majority of the members insisted that the enough arguments and explanation were already made and the popular vote is not necessary. The opposition made a number of assertions claiming that if the proposal for the popular vote was rejected, that meant the city assembly chose top ignore the collected signatures of about ten percent of the city’s population.

The assembly finally decided to reject the proposal, meaning the project will take a big step toward its ground-breaking.

In response to the decision, prefectural officials stated that they would be make great efforts to realize the project that is a joint effort with Okinawa General Bureau and Okinawa City.

Meanwhile, the opposition has not given up yet, and they plan to collect more signatures in order to force the politicians to submit the popular vote proposal again. The opponents aim to prove that the majority of local citizens oppose the project.

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