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Opposition lawmakers inspect Awase tideland plan

Date Posted: 2001-09-15

13 members of a group of about one hundred national assembly lawmakers of the opposition parties visited Awase tideland area on Wednesday, Sep. 5, in order to evaluate the landfill plan that is scheduled on the site. The group specializes in inspecting proposed government construction projects for spotting possible waste of the taxpayers’ money.

After discussing with affiliated Okinawan officials, the members strongly recommended that the plan be canceled considering how precious the tideland is for the diversity of species.

The representative of a citizen’s group that is working to protect the tideland first escorted the lawmakers on a tour at the site. Next they discussed with prefecture officials and questioned them about the plan. The officials insisted that the plan was scaled down from the original and had been carefully planned over a long period of time taking into consideration the balance between development and preserving nature.

Atsuo Nakamura, the chairman of the conservation group opposing the plan pointed out that the Japanese economy would increase at a low rate in the foreseeable future, and many resort plans have failed in mainland Japan.

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