Tokyo sues Okinawa in US base relocation dispute

Tokyo sues Okinawa in US base relocation dispute
Updated 17 November 2015

Tokyo sues Okinawa in US base relocation dispute

Tokyo sues Okinawa in US base relocation dispute

TOKYO: The Japanese government is suing the local government in Okinawa over the planned relocation of a US military air base on the southern island, launching a legal battle in their longstanding dispute.
A lawsuit filed Tuesday seeks a court injunction to overturn the Okinawa governor’s recent cancelation of approval for reclamation work needed to relocate US Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to a less-populated part of the prefecture. Many residents want the base moved off Okinawa entirely.
The government filed the lawsuit in a regional high court in Okinawa after the governor refused to follow an order from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism to reinstate approval for the land reclamation.