Japan sues Okinawa governor over permit tied to Futenma relocation

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A Super Stallion helicopter returns to Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Okinawa, Japan, July 22, 2016. The Japanese government has filed a lawsuit against Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga for failing to retract his revocation of a landfill permit central to the relocation of the air station. George McArthur/U.S. Marine Corps
A Super Stallion helicopter returns to Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Okinawa, Japan, July 22, 2016. The Japanese government has filed a lawsuit against Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga for failing to retract his revocation of a landfill permit central to the relocation of the air station. George McArthur/U.S. Marine Corps

Japan sues Okinawa governor over permit tied to Futenma relocation

by: Matthew M. Burke and Chiyomi Sumida | .
Stripes Okinawa | .
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.