Japan sues Okinawa governor over permit tied to Futenma relocation
Stripes Japan | .
published: July 26, 2016
CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — The Japanese government ended months of diplomacy Friday by filing suit against Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga for failing to retract his revocation of a landfill permit that is central to the relocation of Marine Corps Air Station Futenma.
“Taking a strong stance such as this against the will of the majority of Okinawa is far from what a democratic nation should be,” Onaga told reporters after the lawsuit was filed.
The anti-base governor also called the legal action “abnormal.”
The permit was granted by Onaga’s predecessor, Hirokazu Nakaima, in December 2013, allowing the landfill of a portion of Oura Bay just offshore from Camp Schwab in Okinawa’s remote north for a new runway to be used by the U.S. military.