Okinawa again sues Japanese government to block Henoko landfill for U.S. baseStaff Writer | March 23, 2019
The Okinawa prefectural government sued the Japanese government again on Friday to block landfill work at the Henoko coastal area for a planned U.S. base.
Asia The Okinawa side alleges land minister Keiichi Ishii's decision was illegal
In the latest claim, filed with the Naha branch of Fukuoka High Court, the Okinawa side alleges land minister Keiichi Ishii's recent decision to suspend the prefecture's recancellation of its initial approval for the landfill work was illegal.
The prefectural government took the action after a third-party body under the internal affairs ministry rejected its request to scrutinize the minister's decision.
Seeking a solution to the base issue through dialogue with the central government, Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki on Tuesday urged Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in person to drop a plan to place soil into a new section off the Henoko coast on Monday, as well as to accept talks with the prefecture side. ■