: Classifieds : MyJU :
Stories: News
Browse News Stories: « Previous Story | Next Story »

Lawsuits threaten Nakagusuku Bay reclamation & construction

Date Posted: 2005-01-27

The Awase area is a showcase for Okinawa development, but now groups of mainland Japanese lawyers are working to bring everything to a screeching halt.

Claiming “the rights of nature”, the group of lawyers headed by Akiyoshi Harad set up shop on Okinawa this week to block further construction and land reclamation in the Nakagusuku Bay area. Their goal, says Harad, is to take Okinawa City and the Prefecture to court to stop all work.

The group insists the land reclamation was not necessary, and was a waste of taxpayer monies. They plan to argue all public tax monies used for the reclamation and subsequent construction was illegal, and should be returned to government coffers.

The nine-member law group insists the Awase land under development is restricted land under rules from the Japan Environmental Ministry. “Why hasn’t Awase reclamation work stopped yet?” they’re asking. “Because of the construction work, residents are paying a lot of their money.” They claim the Prefecture and Okinawa City are “destroying the world heritage in the tidelands of Awase, and should not be allowed to let them disappear.”

The lawyers are going after public support, arguing that “if we alone take the states to court, we are weak. We can’t win at all, so the residents’ side should stand up and say to the court ‘we are getting big damages by the construction. Please make it stop, and return the budget money for what they have already used’”.

Awase is the island’s fastest growing area, transforming itself from a sleepy coastal area to a city with development covering hotels, shopping malls, restaurants and condominiums. Government officials think that’s good, as do developers who want to make the area big enough to attract the large international cruise ships to make Nakagusuku Bay their port of call in Okinawa.

Browse News Stories: « Previous Story | Next Story »

weather currency health and beauty restaurants Yellowpages JU Blog

OkistyleOkistyleJU Facebook

Go to advertising PDF?||?|o?L?qAE?|?}?OA?N?ga`OkiStyle?A??q?qM?oeu^?I`??N?gX?<eth>?<ETH>?ni^?IWanted!!Golden Kings ScheduleOkiNightSeeker