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Henoko lawsuit claims Ocean is ‘world asset’

Date Posted: 2004-08-05

The battle to block Henoko, in northern Okinawa, from becoming a replacement to Futenma Marine Corps Air Station moved into the courtroom this week.

Environmental groups are asking the U.S. government to protect the dudongs, a lumbering sea mammal similar to the manatee. The groups are asking the U.S. to appreciate that “the oceans of Henoko are a world asset.”

The new courtroom tactic of using an American court to get satisfaction pushes the idea that the US. Historical Heritage Protection Law applies in this case, in Okinawa. The argument is that it should, since the facility to be built is for the U.S. military.

The trial is taking place in Oakland, California, where Henoko opponents are confident the court will rule in its favor once it hears the complaint that dudongs are adversely affected.

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