Okinawa to revoke landfill approval for US base

2015-09-14 20:02
Takeshi Onaga (AP)

Takeshi Onaga (AP)

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Tokyo - Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga said on Monday the prefectural government would cancel approval for landfill work for a new US military base on the southern island, as the wrangling with the central government over the planned base continued.

The move comes two days after Japan's central government resumed work for the facilities off the eastern coast of Nago city, 1 600km southwest of Tokyo.

A month of talks between Tokyo and Okinawa officials failed to produce any agreement on the controversial project.

The governor vowed to "take every possible step to block" the construction of facilities, which would replace the functions of US Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, which is located in a densely populated area of the island.

Approval for landfill work for the project was granted by the previous administration of Hirokazu Nakaima. Onaga won a landslide victory over the Tokyo-backed Nakaima in the November gubernatorial election.

Surveys suggest that more than 80% of the islanders on Okinawa oppose the project.
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