Panel ducks Okinawa request to screen minister’s decision to proceed with Futenma replacement work

December 25, 2015 12:45 PM

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Panel ducks Okinawa request to screen minister’s decision to proceed with Futenma replacement work

In yet another controversial development, a third-party panel on disputes between the central and local governments has dodged Okinawa Prefecture’s request on the panel to screen the land minister’s decision to go ahead with the reclamation of the Henoko area as part of work to build a replacement facility for U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma.

Mitsuo Kobayakawa, chairman of the panel under the internal affairs ministry, said early Friday he turned down the request submitted by Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga on the Henoko land-fill work.

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