Henoko relocation construction Okinawa Governor- Agriculture Minister’s Instructions To Be Revoked By The Government Of Japan
Governor Tamaki of Okinawa prefecture attended a meeting of a third-party organization in the country that is reviewing instructions issued by the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries over the relocation work of the U.S. Military Futenma Base to Henoko, Nago City, and requested the cancellation of the instruction, saying that it would severely constrain the autonomy of local governments. In response, the country countered that the instructions needed to protect corals were reasonable.
Over the relocation work of the U.S. Military Futenma Base to Henoko, Nago City, Okinawa Prefecture has requested a review of the National And Regional Dispute Processing Committee, which mediates disputes between the country and the region, saying that the minister of agriculture, forestry and fisheries’s instructions to allow coral transplantation in the disputed waters is illegal.
The committee conducted a video conference to hear opinions directly from both Okinawa Prefecture and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, and was attended by Governor Tamaki and Secretary-General Yamaguchi of the Fisheries Agency.
Governor Tamaki said, “It is clear that the relocation work will not be able to find soft ground as scheduled, and there are doubts about the need for coral transplantation. The minister’s instructions severely constrain the autonomy of local governments.”
In response, Mr. Yamaguchi, director of the Fisheries Agency, countered, “Coral transplantation is not expected to be unnecessary, and the instructions are valid to protect corals.”
The committee will draw a conclusion by the 30th of next month, based on the claims of both sides on The 22nd.