Okinawa sues Tokyo again to stop MCAS Futenma relocation project

Landfill work continues at Camp Schwab, Okinawa, in December 2018, for a runway that will one day allow for the relocation of air operations from Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. CARLOS VAZQUEZ/STARS AND STRIPES
Landfill work continues at Camp Schwab, Okinawa, in December 2018, for a runway that will one day allow for the relocation of air operations from Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. CARLOS VAZQUEZ/STARS AND STRIPES

Okinawa sues Tokyo again to stop MCAS Futenma relocation project

by Aya Ichihashi
Stars and Stripes

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — The governor of Okinawa filed yet another legal challenge Wednesday to the ongoing construction in Henoko of an airfield to replace Marine Corps Air Station Futenma.

Gov. Denny Tamaki, who opposes the plan, filed suit at the Naha branch of the Fukuoka High Court against Keiichi Ishii, the Japanese minister of land, infrastructure, transport and tourism, seeking to void Ishii’s decision in October to resume construction at Henoko.

MCAS Futenma is in a densely packed urban area in central Okinawa, which has given rise to safety concerns. The plan is to close Futenma and relocate Marine air operations to Camp Schwab in a less-populated coastal area to the north. A runway is being built from reclaimed seabed in Oura Bay at Henoko to facilitate the move.

In August, Okinawa prefecture revoked the runway construction permits. In October, the Okinawa Defense Bureau — a branch of Japan’s Ministry of Defense — appealed the revocation to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.

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