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Naha City Assembly okays selling land planned for new city offices

Date Posted: 2008-01-11

With plans dropped for building a new city office building in Omoromachi, the Naha City Assembly has given the green light to sell the land originally planned for the complex.

By a majority vote, the Assembly agreed to a proposal to sell the land to Daiwa Housing Industry, a real estate company, and three other partnership companies for ¥7.06 billion. Socialist and Communist Party members, along with worker unions, opposed the decision, saying “high buildings make the city view bad and spoil the scenic view.”

They reminded the Assembly “neighborhood residents are asking for a change to plans that would permit high rise buildings. We should at least wait until there’s a decision.” The Liberal Democracy Party and Komeito Party, along with a citizen’s society and residents, say the land should be put to good use instead of sitting vacant.

The practice of people taking garbage and trash from curbside locations is now ruled illegal. The Assembly passed an ordinance prohibiting people from collecting recyclable trash for their own use. Opponents argued homeless people and those who collect the empty cans as a means of earning a living are being penalized. Many citizens have complained about the practice of people rummaging through the trash, and the city says there must be rules.

A total of 28 other motions were brought before the Assembly for action at the year-end business meeting.

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